The Rostock site has several advantages, says Jürgen Millhoff of Nordex. It is located just 30 kilometres from Rerik; the factory has jetty access making shipping easier; and the new facility is large enough for manufacture of 600 kW turbines, so far only manufactured at the Nordex Danish facility. Research and development activities will remain at Rerik.
In addition, the new site is big enough to house a new production facility of Nordex sister company Babcock Prozessautomation (BPA), which produces electronic control systems. BPA, currently located in Oberhausen in North Rhine Westphalia, produces the electronics, control boxes, sensors, cabling and transformer stations for wind turbines. At present the control boxes and electronics are transported across Germany to Rerik for installation. Once the new facility in Rostock is ready in early 2000, the production and installation can be carried out at the one site, Millhoff reports.
Presently, the Rerik facility builds 1 MW and 1.3 MW machines at the rate of five or six a week. In July, the company celebrated its one hundredth 1.3 MW turbine, installed as part of a 19 turbine wind station in Ihlewitz in Saxony Anhalt. By mid August, a total of 120, 1.3 MW and 140, 1 MW machines had gone in the ground, says Millhoff.
To aid installation, Nordex now owns its own 300t Liebherr LTM 1300 crane. The first job for the new machine was installation of five Nordex 600 kW machines in southern France, after which the crane was shipped to Egypt for installation of 50, 600 kW units for a Danida supported foreign aid project (Windpower Monthly, July 1999).