Two serious bidders for Lelystad

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The auction of the 35 turbine Lelystad wind farm (Windpower Monthly, February 1997) attracted two serious offers, according to auctioneer Wim Dieker of Troostwijk Veilingen in Amsterdam. Both were from abroad. One bidder was European, the other came from outside Europe. Of the many hundreds of enquiries about the sale, only two bidders were interested in the purchase of all 35 WindMaster 300 kW WM300/25 turbines as a single lot -- the preferred option of the seller, WindMaster Nederland. The asking price for the six- year old turbines was between NLG 150,000 and NLG 200,000 each, against the NLG 550,000 price tag on units of this capacity bought new. WindMaster expected to have finalised the sale after the completion of the necessary paperwork by the end of last month. The Dutch manufacturer bought the turbines back from utility NUON after closing a deal for the repowering of the showcase Lelystad site with 18 state-of-the-art 750 kW units. The clearance of the site is currently underway and the installation of the new units has already begun. The first of the WM750 CS 43 turbines should come on-line early this summer according to WindMaster.

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