Germans squeeze onto the Gotland network

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German wind plant developer Boreas, based in Dresden, will install two 600 kW Vestas V47 machines on the Swedish island of Gotland in summer 2000, reports the company's Wolfgang Kropp. The project is being masterminded by Boreas' Swedish arm, Svevind of Tjellmo, set up in 1998. It is not yet clear who will operate the turbines. A decision has yet to be made on whether to sell stakes in the wind station for one or both machines, or whether Boreas will continue to own and operate them. Svevind had originally hoped to build 35 turbines -- 15 machines of 1 MW and 20, 600 kW units -- but the grid capacity on the island is, for the moment, exhausted, Kropp says. So applications were made to build just the two machines that could be squeezed onto the network. Applications for the other machines may be lodged later. Boreas is waiting for grid work to be completed that will allow the direct current cable link to the mainland to transport power in both directions instead of merely to the island as at present. The conversion work should be finished in 2001 and from then on there ought to be plenty of free capacity, Kropp says.

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