Coal, Gas

RWE picks newcomer for wind turbine contract

28 April 2005 – RWE subsidiary, npower renewables, has contracted a relative newcomer to the industry to supply sixteen wind turbines for the Ffynnon Oer project near Neath, in South Wales.

Kevin McCullough, director of npower renewables, said: “We hope that the placement of this significant contract will help increase competition in the UK market for the supply and installation of wind turbines, enabling other companies, both from Britain and overseas, to benefit from the opportunities presented by the increasingly active renewables industry in the UK.”

REpower UK, the joint venture between wind turbine company REpower Systems and British engineering firm Peter Brotherhood, will provide 16 of its 2 MW MM70 wind turbines. The company will also be responsible for providing a grid connection and access to the site, in conjunction with Western Power Distribution and the Forestry Commission.

The chairman of REpower Systems, Professor Vahrenholt, said: “For REpower, the UK is an important growth market, especially by looking at the target of the British government to produce 15 per cent of electricity from renewable energies by 2015.”

The turbines, which comprise a 58 metre tower with a 70 metre rotor diameter, will be manufactured by REpower Systems in Germany, with erection and commissioning likely to begin in the last quarter of 2005.