Jacobs Energie has taken over the wind turbine manufacturing activities of shipyard Husumer Schiffswerft (HSW). The deal, effective from February 1, joins two wind companies from Schleswig-Holstein. HSW filed for bankruptcy at the end of last year. "We have bought the workshops and property, thereby doubling our manufacturing capacity and taken on all 30 HSW wind staff, bringing the total number of employees to 80," says Jacobs' Olaf Struck. The deal cost "several million" he adds. The headquarters of Jacobs Energie is to be moved to Husum, where production of the large HSW 1 MW and MD 70 1.5 MW units will take place. The smaller Jacobs Energie machines, rated at 600 kW and 750 kW, will be built at the Jacobs Energie facilities in Heide. HSW and Jacobs have co-operated together in the past, notably in an agreement to jointly market the MD70 machine along with the manufacturers Fuhrländer and BWU (Windpower Monthly, December 1999). In addition, both HSW and Jacobs Energie are part of a working group involved in 1.SHOW, based in Handewitt, which is preparing an offshore wind energy project in the bay of Lübeck. Jacobs and HSW have a second offshore project on their books, too, in the form of a framework agreement for the supply of 100, 4-5 MW turbines to Winkra Energie of Hannover. The agreement was signed in September and involves a third turbine supplier, DeWind Technik. The three manufacturers had already set up a working group to develop a prototype machine.
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