China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation has agreed to buy 35 NM 600 kW wind turbines from Nedwind, the recently acquired Dutch subsidiary of NEG Micon of Denmark. The turbines are destined for a 21 MW wind farm to be built near Huhnot in Inner Mongolia. Power will be sold to the Inner Mongolia Windpower General Company, which will feed it into the national grid. Development of the proposed Huitengxile wind farm is dependent on a MILIEV grant from the Netherlands and the arrangement of additional finance on the Chinese side. MILIEV grants are awarded for projects with a positive environmental impact in selected developing countries. Although grants can only be made to projects supplied and initiated by Dutch companies, NedWind is confident that the Huitengxile order fulfils the criteria, pointing out that more than 60% of the turbines' components will be made in Holland and that the deal originated before its takeover by NEG Micon. Nedwind expects the NLG 34 million project to be completed before the end of 1999.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol