Dunkirk's long planned and long awaited wind farm of nine machines has again been delayed. The sudden bankruptcy of the turbine supplier, HMZ WindMaster of Belgium, has put the project's completion date back to sometime in the summer. It was to have been finished in December. Project manager Philippe Bruyerre explains that talks have started with HMZ's sister company, WindMaster Nederland in Holland, which has taken over much of HMZ's business. But, "a complete change of technology is not ruled out if we cannot secure things for the future," says Bruyerre. Another partner in the project is electrical construction group, Norelec. The company's Jean-Michel Grave is none too happy with the turn of events. "The attitude of Begeman [WindMaster's Dutch corporate owner] has been a bad blow to wind energy," he says. Nonetheless, both Grave and Bruyerre are confident that the project will go ahead. It is supported by the City of Dunkirk, the Région Nord-Pas de Calais and CHART, a subsidiary of national utility EDF.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol