Global Wind Power secures turbines

BULGARIA: Danish wind developer Global Wind Power has secured turbines totalling 140MW from Vestas for projects in Bulgaria and Romania.

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Vestas will deliver, install and commission 50 of its 1.8MW V100 machines and 25 2MW V90 turbines. "About two-thirds of the total will be used for projects in Romania, and a third in Bulgaria," says Mikael Ronholm-Nielsen, chief operating officer of Global Wind Power.

He adds that specific details about the projects are not being released at this point, nor are financial details of the turbine contract, which includes a five-year service agreement with Vestas.

Ronholm-Nielsen says some of the Romanian wind farms using these turbines are to be commissioned in the first half of 2010, while Bulgaria should see new projects coming online in the second half of the year.

Some projects for which the Vestas turbines were ordered are also expected to come online in 2011. Global Wind Power has already developed 40MW in operational wind farms in Bulgaria.

The company already has a subsidiary in Sofia, Bulgaria and Ronholm-Nielsen says the firm is also likely to open up shop directly in Romania.

"We think we need to be present locally, also using local employees, to make sure we can be operational on the market," he says. A final decision on the opening of a Romanian branch will be made later in January, he says.

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