Enron Wind Corp is raising the capital stock of its German subsidiary, Tacke Windenergie, from DEM 50,000 to DEM 8 million, confirms Tacke boss Finn Hansen. The investment dispels rumours that Enron was planning to sell the company. Enron acquired bankrupt Tacke in October 1997. Hansen says business has since picked up and Tacke's order books are now full, with assembly personnel working in two shifts. About 120 Tacke 1.5 MW turbines and 60-70, 600 kW machines will be built in Salzbergen in 1999, he adds. The company employs 260 people. Now that Tacke has a grip on the market again, the engineering department will look at ways of integrating Tacke technology with that of Zond, Enron's American wind turbine manufacturing arm, Hansen says. Tacke has two new turbine models: the TW 1.5sl turbine with a 77 m rotor for inland use and a 2 MW version with a 70.5 m diameter for offshore projects. Blade suppliers for Tacke are LM Glasfiber of Denmark, Aerpac of Holland and new company NOI of Nordhausen in Germany, Hansen says.
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