Briefly Noted … Wind Energy

– Danish turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S has won a supply contract from German windfarm developer Plambeck Neue Energien AG, to install 100 wind systems, including turbines with total output of 150 MW. Plambeck plans to use the systems in windfarms to be built in 2002 and 2003. – Australia’s largest windfarm is planned for Eyre Peninsula in South Australia at a cost of Aus$170 million. The project by Ausker Energies will be built on two coastal sites. – In London, the Mayflower Corp has commissioned its first wind turbine installation support vessel at a cost of £22.5 million, to be available in early 2003. Mayflower started engineering work on the vessel this year, which has unique capabilities to install and maintain offshore turbines. Letters of intent for installation work over the next five years have been received to the value of £200 million, and Mayflower says it expects to achieve strong profit growth in this rapidly expanding market. – Renewable power generator Pacific Hydro will select a turbine company to set up an Australian manufacturing plant for its proposed Aus$300 million Portland windfarm by mid-January. On the shortlist are NEG Micon of Denmark and a consortium of Enron and Siemens. The selected manufacturer would provide turbines for the Portland project, as well as the base for other wind project manufacturing. Pacific Hydro has identified 2,991 MW of potential Australian wind projects and expects to have at least 500 MW operational within four years. A number of companies are looking to build windfarms in Australia as a result of a government target to boost renewable energy by 2 percent by 2010. – The German company, Umweltkontor Renewable Energy AG, says windfarm project delays until the fourth quarter resulted in a loss of euro 200,000 in the first nine months of this year, compared with a profit of 2.15 million last year. It says changes to the law governing the approval procedures for energy plants have caused delays in the transition period, so windfarms have been shifted. – Approval has been given for the installation of the largest windfarm in Northern Ireland. B9 Energy Services and Renewable Energy Systems have received planning permission for the facility, to be located on a peat bog with high wind speeds near Londonderry. The windfarm will generate renewable electricity for 20,000 homes. Currently, only 1.5 percent of Northern Ireland’s electricity comes from renewables. – Spanish wind company Enerfin will develop the wind energy program for Celesc, the power distributor in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Enerfin will invest US$80 to $100 million to commission 100 MW of windfarms in the region. – Boralex of Canada has set up a joint venture with Seris S.A. of France, to build and operate a 10.4 MW wind facility in the south of France at Avignonet-Lauragais. Boralex S.A. will retain a 60 percent interest in the joint venture, which will complete the project at a cost of FF60 million. Most debt financing will come from a consortium of European banks which specialize in financing wind power. All of the output of the windfarm will be sold under a 15-year contract with Electricite de France.
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