Two more lined up in Poland

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Wind turbines for two projects in Poland with a combined capacity of 76 MW have been secured by RWE Innogy, the renewables arm of German energy company RWE. Siemens is to supply 33, 2.3 MW machines for two projects that RWE Innogy is realising with Polish Energy Partners. Eighteen machines are to go to the Suwalki project in Masuria and 15 to the Tychowo project in west Pomerania.

Polish wind development is constrained by lack of transmission and in each case the capacity of the two stations is just below the maximum that the local power grid can accommodate, says RWE Innogy. The contract with Siemens includes installation, commissioning and a five-year maintenance deal and is worth about EUR 100 million.

Polish Energy Partners (PEP) agreed last year to sell a 70% stake in both projects to RWE Innogy. RWE intends to retain its ownership of them in the long term as part of its strategy to "massively expand" its wind power holdings, says the company's Konrad Böcker. PEP is also a long term owner, he adds. According to PEP, rights to the projects' green certificates are owned by Polish electricity distributor RWE Stoen on a 15-year contract.

PEP started out in cogeneration in 1997 but branched into wind energy with an agreement in 2005 with Gamesa for construction of the 22 MW Puck wind station. It aims to have developed and built 700 MW of wind stations by 2012. To this end, it extended a strategic alliance with Polish wind developer EPA in 2007 to buy 300 MW of wind capacity "at a fixed attractive price" and started building up its own wind team.

RWE Innogy has another 200 MW of wind projects in development in Masuria and Pomerania and expects these to come online from 2010, raising its combined installed wind capacity in Poland to 280 MW.

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