Canadian oil company selects two 5 MW turbines for European deepwater project

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Canadian oil company Talisman Energy has confirmed it plans to install two Repower 5 MW turbines for its experimental deepwater wind project at its Beatrice oil platform in the North Sea. Talisman is developing the project in partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). The DOWNVInD project will consist of two turbines installed 25 kilometres off the east coast of Scotland at a depth of 44 metres. Talisman's Allan MacAskill says: "We've selected Repower Systems AG as supplier for the DOWNVInD project because we are convinced by the company's technological expertise." The German company's brand new 5 MW design -- the world's largest wind turbine -- has just been inaugurated. The project would be the company's first experience of offshore wind deployment. Repower is a relatively small newcomer to the industry. The project is being paid for 50-50 by public and private money. The EU, UK and Scottish governments are providing £12 million. Talisman and SSE are to provide £6 million each; this will be small beer to the oil giant which expects $3.6-3.8 billion in cash flow this year.

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