Nordex in talks for local assembly of 1.5 MW European wind turbines

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Nordex expects current negotiations with a yet-to-be-named Chinese company for assembly of its 1.5 MW variable speed turbines in China to be completed by the end of the year. China's new renewable energy law comes into effect at the start of 2006 and sets a wind power target of 20,000 MW by 2020. "Any company that wants a slice of the gigantic cake must be able to offer state-of-the art machines in the upper power class with a local contribution to value-added of 70%," says Nordex's Carsten Pedersen. To date, the company has four projects for a combined total of 27 turbines underway in China. The largest comprises 20, 1.3 MW stall controlled turbines for the Muling project owned by Huafa Wind. Blades for these turbines will be supplied from Nordex's blade factory in Baoding, near Beijing, which after a test phase is now starting normal production. Just three of Nordex's 1.5 MW model have been ordered by Chinese customers so far. They will be supplied from Europe as "a pilot for further projects," says the company.

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