Senvion confirms 112MW Norway onshore turbine order

Germany-based wind turbine manufacturer Senvion has confirmed its first onshore contract in Norway, for the supply of 33 of its 3.4M114 machines to the 112.2MW Egersund wind project on the country’s North Sea coast.

The project by Norsk Vind Egersund has been acquired by renewables asset manager Luxcara. First turbine installations are scheduled for the second quarter of next year, with commissioning expected during that quarter and in the third quarter of 2017.

"The contract for Egersund wind farm is a milestone which reflects the clear global growth strategy of Senvion and its potential to enter new markets with innovative and optimally adapted products,” says Senvion chief executive Jürgen Geissinger.

Senvion with the order is joining a current boom in Norwegian onshore wind installations that thanks to very strong coastal winds and large volumes has pushed down wind energy production prices in the Nordic country.

Earlier this year, Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft had kicked that boom into full gear, by giving Vestas a 1GW order for the Fosen onshore wind complex close to the Atlantic coast, Europe’s largest wind project to date.

Government plans to phase out a joint support scheme with Sweden early in the next decade could spell an end to the country's current onshore wind boom, however.

Located on the coast between Kristiansand and Stavanger, the Senvion turbines at Egersund will be constructed at a hub height of 93 meters.

The Senvion 3.4M114 has been optimized for particularly windy locations and is therefore the ideal turbine for the high wind conditions on the south-western coast of Norway, the OEM says.