German and Greek orders

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NEG Micon announced two major orders last month for customers in Germany and Greece. It is to supply German wind developer Energiequelle with 84 turbines with a combined capacity of 110 MW for installation in 2002 and 2003. And in Greece, Wind Parks Thrace and International Wind Parks of Thrace have ordered 50 NEG Micon 900 kW turbines for installation this year in the north of the country.

The Energiequelle order is for three NEG Micon models, one rated at 900 kW and two at 1.5 MW, and is worth about EUR 97 million, NEG Micon Deutschland says. The machines are destined for the Putlitz project, comprising a number of developments by Energiequelle in the states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg. Frankfurt based Volterra is arranging finance.

Meantime NEG Micon has installed the prototype of its 1.5 MW NM82/1500 machine at the Grevenbroich wind test station in Germany. The turbine has been optimised for lower wind speeds in inland areas, the company says, and has a larger rotor than previous 1.5 MW models. Pre series machines will be installed in mid 2002 and full series production will begin in the second half of the year. "We have hit the German wind energy pulse -- there is a mighty run on this new machine," says Ralf Breuer of NEG Micon Germany.

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