Two big plant boost inland capacity -- Wind boom in Brandenburg

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Construction progress on a 43 MW wind project at Karstädt and completion of the big 92.2 MW Uckermark plant is boosting the status of the east German state of Brandenburg as one of the country's most successful inland wind development regions. At the end of last year it already had 448 MW in operation.

Developer Enertrag brought the last five of 76 turbines on-line at Uckermark in August. A variety of companies have delivered the turbines, including Enron, Enercon, Nordex, NEG Micon and Vestas. Enron is the main supplier having provided 40 MW of 1.5 MW machines.

Uckermark, says Enertrag's Steffan Ebert, will generate about 220 million kWh annually, enough for 73,000 households over a year. This is more than that expected from the larger 105 MW Sintfeld plant of Enercon 1.8 MW turbines that also went on-line in August, claims Ebert. Sintfeld was developed by Rego Strom of Lichtenau in another inland state, North Rhine Westfalia.

Meanwhile, Nordex and the Ostwind Group report that the first of 20 Nordex 1.3 MW turbines are installed at the Karstädt plant, which will be their largest German wind station when completed next year with the addition of a further 13 machines. It is sited between Perleberg and Ludwiglust, just 20 kilometres from the controversial intermediate store for nuclear waste at Gorleben. With average winds of 6 m/s, the plant will generate about 70 million kWh annually, enough for about 29,000 households.

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