Suppliers in place but permit awaits

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German developer Offshore Ostsee Wind (OOW) has chosen one more supplier to join Nordex for a 45.3 MW Baltic Sea offshore wind farm it has taken over from the bankruptcy-plagued developer Neptun TechnoProduct (Windpower Monthly, May 2003). OOW, a subsidiary of finance company WPD, does not yet have a building permit for the Baltic-1 project.

The plan is for Nordex -- Neptun TechnoProduct's initial partner -- to supply 11 turbines rated at 2.3 MW each. Nordex will start testing a 2.3 MW, dubbed the N90, this month at the port of Rostock. Now joining Nordex, which has undergone a drastic downsizing in recent months, is Repower Systems of Hamburg. It is to provide ten, 2 MW MM82 wind turbines. The company says a special offshore version will be developed for installation in 2005, assuming the Baltic-1 project is permitted within the first three months of 2004 as is hoped. The 2 MW prototype is to be the forerunner to Repower's planned 5 MW offshore unit, according to the company.

The supply deals require that turbine assembly takes place in the coastal state of Mecklenburg Vorpommern. Nordex has a major works there in Rostock. Repower intends to have key components manufactured in the state.

Baltic-1 is planned for a site 18 kilometres from shore in depths of 17-18 metres. The cable connection to shore is planned in conjunction with another OOW project in the pipeline at Kriegers Flak. If successful, Kriegers Flak will comprise 75 turbines with rated capacities of 3.5-5 MW, and an option for a further nine, 4.5 MW units

WPD has offshore plans in the North Sea as well, for which it hopes to use experience from Baltic-1. Together with Innovent of Varel, WPD is developing the Hochsee Windpark Nordsee with 511 turbines as well as He Dreiht with about 100 turbines, in both cases using 4.5 MW machines, according to WPD.

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