Wednesday 19th February 2014


February 19, 2014

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Vestas 8MW unit in 258MW Dong deal

Dong Energy has chosen the Vestas V164-8.0MW as its preferred turbine for the 258MW extension of the Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm in Liverpool Bay.

The deal relies on the project in the Irish Sea gaining support from the UK government under the Contract for Difference subsidies regime. The final decision on this is due in April.

It also depends on Dong and Vestas signing a supply agreement, which is due later this year.

Australia reviews 2020 renewables goal

The Australian government is reviewing the target of generating 20% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Australia adopted the 20% target in 2001, but prime minister Tony Abbott is reviewing it because of its impact on electricity prices. Weakening this target would shift focus away from wind projects.

A ministerial review panel is due to report to government by the middle of this year.

Danish fund invests €384m in North Sea

PensionDanmark is to invest €384m in a 900MW offshore grid connection for wind farms in the German part of the North Sea.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, which is funded by PensionDanmark, has agreed a deal with TenneT, which is developing the DoIWin3 connection. The deal gives CIP a 67% financial stake in the project and a 49% voting interest.

The estimated construction cost of the project is €1.9bn, and it is due to complete in 2017. TenneT awarded the construction contract to French conglomerate Alstom last February.

Nordex wins 66MW Inverness project

Eneco has ordered 20 turbines from German manufacturer Nordex for its 66MW Moy Wind Farm project in Scotland.

Dutch energy company Eneco has ordered the N100/3300 3.3MW turbines for the project in Moy, near Inverness. The Scottish government gave the Moy project planning permission last month. It is due to complete by autumn 2016.

Eneco has also signed a 15-year service contract with Nordex.

Hyundai eyes Europe for 5.5MW turbine

Hyundai Heavy Industries has installed a prototype 5.5MW turbine in Kimnyeong Wind Farm on Jeju Island in South Korea and will start testing next month.

The South Korean company, which is the world’s largest shipbuilder, is testing the turbine with a view to gaining certification from UL/DEWI-OCC by the end of 2014.

If successful, the turbine is set to be used in a 2.5GW wind farm in Jeolla province; and the company would also look to sell it into other countries in Asia and in Europe.

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