First REpower 6M turbines assembled in Bremerhaven
New type of offshore turbine ready for delivery following hall tests/ Framework agreement expected to be signed soon with RWE Innogy concerning 250 offshore wind turbines
The new offshore wind turbine technology is based on the successful 5M range. Since the dimensions correspond exactly to those of the REpower 5M, the REpower 6M can later be used in all the projects planned for this turbine type. In future, series production will take place in the wind energy company's new assembly hall in Bremerhaven, which is designed to produce and directly ship more than 80 nacelles and hubs per year. The hall tests for the three 6M turbines were recently completed there successfully. At the beginning of 2009, the turbines are to be erected at the Westre civic wind farm, owned by Grenzstrom Vindtved GmbH & Co. KG, in which 200 limited partners from the communities of Westre, Ellhöft and the Danish town of Lydersholm have holdings.
Speaking about the progress of the project, the REpower CEO, Per Hornung Pedersen, said: "With the first installation of the REpower 6M, which is due to take place shortly, we are once again proving our leading technological position in the field of multi-megawatt turbines. We expect that the Offshore division will continue to grow in importance and that the future of wind energy in Europe will be found to a large extent on the open seas."
At the beginning of next year, REpower is also expected to sign a framework agreement with RWE Innogy GmbH, which has already been announced. Pedersen said: "The negotiations are already very advanced and we are confident that we will soon be able to conclude the contract for 250 offshore wind turbines of the 5M and 6M types."
REpower Systems AG is one of the leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The international mechanical engineering company develops produces and markets wind turbines with rated outputs of 2 to 6 MW and rotor diameters of 82 to 126 metres for almost any location. In addition to this it offers an extensive range of service and maintenance services. The profitable and reliable systems are designed at the REpower development centre in Rendsburg and manufactured at its Husum (North Friesland), Trampe (Brandenburg) and Bremerhaven plants.
The company, which is headquartered in Hamburg and has been listed since March 2002, has over 1,500 employees worldwide and can draw on experience gained in the manufacture and installation of almost 2,000 wind turbines worldwide. REpower is represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in foreign markets such as France, the UK, Italy, Portugal and Spain, as well as on a global level in the USA, Japan, China and Australia.