Offshore wind farm could mean extra tourist attraction for Olympic Games in China

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Germany's Repower, its Chinese partner, Dongfang Steam Turbine Works, and the Municipality of Qingdao have agreed to establish an offshore wind farm in China. If it proceeds, the demonstration project of five Repower 5 MW turbines will be installed in spring 2008 next to the venue of the Olympic Games sailing events. While some reports have put the overall cost of the project at a staggering $121 million, no final cost projection has been made. Germany's federal environment ministry has aired consideration of a EUR 50 million loan. Repower's Thomas Schnorrenberg says that no contract has been signed and this figure has not come from Repower. He points out that a lot of extras will be included in the project price as the Chinese partner intends to use the offshore wind station as a tourist attraction in connection with the Olympics. "This means special lighting, viewing platforms and other costs." A price has not been agreed for the turbines nor has it yet been decided what other services Repower will supply, he adds. The turbine company will not be responsible for grid connection.

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