Construction of a 3 MW wind station on the Greek island of Euboea started early last month in the first foreign project undertaken by German wind station developer Energiekontor. The company has had a subsidiary in Greece since 1995. Five Enercon E40 turbines, each with a 600 kW capacity, were installed near the village of Zarakes to become the 3 MW Zarax 1 wind station. Project costs amounted to DEM 7.5 million, says Energiekontor. It is planning another four wind stations in Greece, to be built in 2001. "The Zarax 1 wind station is the result of our successful planning operations abroad," says Bodo Wilkens, chairman of Energiekontor based in Bremen-Brinkum. "It is also the first of a series of projects in Europe, but outside Germany, that will make a significant contribution to our growth over the coming years," he adds. Energiekontor has subsidiaries based in Leeds in Great Britain, Lisbon in Portugal and Barcelona in Spain and expects projects to be realised in these countries within the next 12 to 15 months.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol