Five wind turbine makers -- three Danish and two German -- are expected this month to be asked to bid to supply the 150 MW Horn's Rev offshore demonstration project in Denmark, developed by Elsam utility and affiliate ElsamProjekt. The company hopes to make its decision by November 1. "We've asked for a price for half the wind park, so we can have the option of choosing two manufacturers," says Jens Bonefeld. "If there's a series defect, we diminish the risk, while gaining broader practical experience with maintenance of two different turbines in the first year." The wind farm is the first of five demonstration projects being developed by utilities Elsam and Elkraft for the Danish government. The development will be staggered one to three years for each project, to allow for experience. A tender for turbine supply for the project at Rødsand, south of Lolland-Falster, is expected this summer for a projected build start of 2002, according to Jan Svenson of Zealand utility SEAS, taking care of offshore development for Elkraft. Both Horn's Rev and Rødsand lack financing. Serious discussions will not happen until the payment price for offshore wind plant is settled by the Danish government.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol