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Suzlon forms JV with Volkswind to develop wind energy market in Bulgaria Print E-mail
Written by Ravi   
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Mumbai: Suzlon Wind Energy A/S – the European division of Suzlon Energy Limited, has entered into a joint venture with Volkswind Bulgaria GmbH through the company DIV Wind OO to accelerate Suzlon’s growth into the Bulgarian wind energy market combining Volkswind’s local knowledge and development experience with Suzlon’s expertise in developing utility scale projects. The joint venture will develop projects exclusively using Suzlon wind turbines.

"Suzlon’s existing infrastructure and experience from already erected turbines in Bulgaria will be beneficial for the development process. We are looking forward to building successful projects with Suzlon," said Dr. Malte Huchzermeier, Director - Volkswind Bulgaria GmbH.

Bulgaria is expected to achieve 500 MW of wind energy capacity by the end of 2010, with a target of more than 3,000 MW by 2020. The market is supported by competitive feed-in tariffs of approximately 0.096 EUR for the first 2250 hours/year and 0.088 EUR KW/h for the following hours – guaranteed for 15 years.

"This marks the beginning of a long-term partnership with Volkswind Bulgaria GmbH, and is a very important step in our strategy to expand our project development activities into new regions. Suzlon already has a 13 MW project under construction in Bulgaria for a leading industrial client, and I believe that our new relationship with Volkswind will help us grow Bulgaria’s wind industry even further," said Erik Winther Pedersen, CEO - Suzlon Wind Energy A/S.

REpower-built ‘alpha ventus’ starts operations

Six REpower turbines in test field alpha ventus already successfully taken into operation in mid-April

REpower Systems AG – in which Suzlon Energy Limited is a majority shareholder with over 90 per cent holding – together with Deutsche Offshore-Testfeld und Infrastruktur-GmbH (DOTI) and additional project partners, inaugurated the first German offshore wind farm project - alpha ventus, on April 27, in the presence of the Federal Minister for the Environment Dr. Norbert Röttgen.

The wind turbine manufacturer announced that due to the great demand for offshore systems, planning has begun on the expansion of production capacities. REpower’s 5M and 6M turbines are currently being assembled at a facility in Bremerhaven, Germany with a production capacity of around 100 turbines per-year.

“In spite of extensive framework agreements, such as with RWE Innogy, for example, it's still possible to schedule additional orders into production,” emphasized Mr. Norbert Giese, Director of the Offshore business unit of REpower Systems AG. However, with increasing demand, there may not be sufficient resources in the future. “For this reason, we have started with planning for the expansion of production capacities. We want to be prepared to double or triple production within 16 to 18 months, if our customers should demand this. Currently, several variants are being reviewed, including an expansion of the production facilities in Bremerhaven or even the erection of a new site, such as in Great Britain, for example. In the projects planned for that location, there is great interest in our products as well.” Mr. Giese said.

REpower has specialized in multi-megawatt-class turbines that can be installed in deep waters and at a great distance from the shore, in order to optimally use the wind conditions on the open sea. Already in 2004, the prototype of the REpower 5M was installed in Brunsbüttel, followed by two systems in the Scottish North Sea in 2006. Even now, these turbines of the project “Beatrice”, standing in waters with a depth of 44 meters, hold the record for the northern-most location and the greatest water depth.

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