Taylor Woodrow Ltd has procured three 80 kW wind turbines for a wind-diesel power plant on the South Atlantic island of St Helena, a British colony since 1651. The order has gone to Lagerwey Windturbine BV of the Netherlands. The wind-diesel plant will supply the island's 5500 inhabitants and is intended to reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed for electricity generation. A volcanic outcrop, St Helena has no harbour and all the cargo for the island is transferred by lighters from ships anchored off the coast. Although crane capacity is limited, Lagerwey is confident the transport and the installation of the LW 18/80 turbines will be handled without any logistics problems.
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