With an order for 50, Vestas 2 MW turbines, Swedish utility Vattenfall has expanded its wind technology supply line for the second time this year. The 100 MW wind power contract with Vestas, which Vattenfall values at about SKK 1 billion (EUR 103 million), comes on the heels of an order placed with Siemens earlier this year for 100 turbines (Windpower Monthly, April 2008). Both the Vestas and Siemens machines are to be delivered by 2010. Vattenfall's Anders Dahl says the company has between 20 and 30 wind projects in development in Sweden, from small projects such as a seven turbine development of about 24 MW in the south-eastern area of Valdemarvik, to a proposal to place 60-100 turbines scattered in a forested area of southern Sweden called Uppvidinge. The land is owned by the Swedish forestry commission. Vattenfall's goal is to generate 8 TWh of wind energy a year by 2016, half on land and half offshore. The goal amounts to nearly half the 17 TWh a year the government estimates it will need from wind power by then to meet its energy policy goals. Vattenfall says it will invest as much as SEK 41 billion (EUR 4 billion) up to 2016. Some of that money may end up outside Sweden, however. The company has bid to buy British offshore wind power developer Eclipse Energy, which is developing a combined gas and offshore wind plant off the north-west coast (page 37). Vattenfall has also said it will use some of the Siemens turbines to repower old projects it owns in Denmark.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol