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REpower Systems SE has signed projects with an overall capacity of more than 1 GW in the UK following today’s announcement of a further five onshore contracts. In 2012 alone, the company has signed close to 200 MW in the UK. With a market share of 12 per cent in 2011 REpower is the UK’s third largest wind turbine supplier.
The contracts announced today add a further 66 MW to REpower UK’s fast growing portfolio. They include the supply of ten MM92 turbines – each with a rated output of 2.05 MW – for RidgeWind’s wind farm at Wandylaw in Northumbria, North West England; and eight MM92 turbines for the Yelvertoft wind farm in Northamptonshire, Central England, developed by AES Wind Generation.
REpower has also signed three new Scottish contracts. The company will supply five MM82 turbines – rated output 2.05 MW each – for FIM Services and Whirlwind Renewables’ Wathegar wind farm in Caithness, as well as six MM92 turbines for the Blantyre Muir wind farm in South Lanarkshire and four MM92 turbines for Barlockhart Moor wind farm near Glenluce in Dumfries & Galloway, both International Power (GDF SUEZ Group) developments.
Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE, commented: “Reaching 1 GW of signed contracts is a huge achievement for us. REpower UK is enjoying a period of steady growth having signed contracts totalling 190 MW since the end of last year. I believe this demonstrates the growing reputation of REpower turbines in the British market, and is a solid indication that the wind sector remains in good health.”
Rick Eggleston, Managing Director of the manufacturer’s British subsidiary REpower UK, added: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with International Power as well as AES Wind Generation and RidgeWind, building on our already strong relationship with these key developers, and pleased to welcome Whirlwind as a new customer.”
Richard Crosbie Dawson, Managing Director of FIM, and James Perkins, Director at Whirlwind Renewables, commented: “We are very pleased to be starting work at Wathegar. We look forward to working with REpower on the timely delivery of this project”.
Steve Hunter, Project Director at AES Wind Generation, said: “We are very pleased to be starting work at Yelvertoft and to build on our existing relationship with REpower. We are confident in their ability to deliver, install and commission these turbines in line with the agreed programme.”
Since its launch in 2004, REpower UK has delivered 39 onshore wind farms in Scotland, England and Wales and two offshore wind farms: Project Beatrice in the North Sea and its largest offshore contract to date, Ormonde wind farm in the Irish Sea. Owned by Vattenfall, this offshore wind farm consists of 30 REpower 5M wind turbines with a total rated output of 150 MW.