Germans win next stage of contract

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Tacke Windenergie is now on board as co-supplier to a 72 MW wind farm of 1.5 MW turbines being developed in northern Germany in the parishes of Renkenberge and Sustrum. German Tacke won a contract in December to supply 16 of its 1.5 MW turbine model to the project, being developed in phases by three separate companies.

Until the Tacke order, Danish company NEG Micon was the only supplier to the project, having won contracts for delivery of 30, 1.5 MW turbines, 12 of which are currently being installed and commissioned. (Windpower Monthly, January 1998). The wind farm is being developed in the Emsland area of Lower Saxony, about an hour's drive from Tacke's headquarters at Salzbergen, by three separate companies.

The Tacke contract, worth DEM 55 million, was signed on December 23, ending speculation as to who was to supply most of the remaining technology for the wind farm, which is to consist of 48, 1.5 MW turbines when complete. NEG Micon expects to get the order for the remaining two turbines.

Of the project's three developers, Windpark Nordlisches Emsland (WNE), owned by Emsländische Landvolk, a farmers organisation, has chosen Tacke turbines. These will be operated by its subsidiary, WESU Windenergie. "We will deliver the turbines from September 1998 and the wind station should be commissioned before the end of the year," says Tacke's Reiner Fiedler.

Following Tacke's bankruptcy and subsequent takeover by American company Enron Wind Corp last year, Tacke had to supply extra bank guarantees to WNE as warranty for fulfilling the contract confirms Fiedler. "This is not normal, but understandable in view of our current position," he adds.

The two other developers behind the 72 MW project are BVT Windpark Sustrum/Renkenberge, a subsidiary of a Munich power plant constructor and Windpark Sustrum, owned by three private investors. BVT is installing 18 NEG Micon 1.5 MW turbines, ordered late last year. Six of these will be installed at Renkenberge and 12 at Sustrum. Windpark Sustrum is currently installing 12 NEG Micon 1.5 MW machines -- one at Sustrum and 11 at Renkenberge.

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