Swedish offshore plant on target

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Swedish developer Eurowind is "on target" to commence building work early next year on its 86 MW Örstads Vindkraftpark in the strait between Sweden and Denmark at Lillgrund. The project was granted a building licence by the Swedish government in March. The company will erect 48, 1.5 MW Enercon E66 units at the site, ten kilometres west of the Swedish town of Malmö in waters with a maximum depth of 30 metres. The location is less than two kilometres southeast of the 40 MW Danish Middelgrund offshore project just off Copenhagen.

"The project is on target, and financing is in place," says Eurowind's Magnus Rosenback. The E66, a direct drive turbine with a rotor diameter of 66 metres and hub height of between 67 and 98 metres, has been one of the best selling turbines in Germany in recent years.

The wind farm is expected to generate 300 GWh and save 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year by displacing generation from fossil fuel plant. Production will be sufficient to cover 15% of the electricity demand of a town like Malmö. Construction is scheduled to start by March 2002 with commissioning by the end of the year.

Eurowind has drafted a proposal to build a 69 MW project off the narrow finger-shaped Swedish island of Öland by 2004, consisting of 46, 1.5 MW turbines. Local environmental and fishing groups have lodged protests against the plans. Eurowind is also proposing a much smaller, five turbine project in the area. The company is 50% owned by Norwegian shipping, energy and marine services giant Fred Olsen.

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