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Nordex to supply 150MW to Sweden, sees Q1 sales growth

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has won an order to supply 150MW of turbines to Sweden’s largest onshore wind project.

Nordex, which also announced sales growth for the first quarter of 2011, will deliver 60 2.5MW turbines to the Blaiken wind farm for Swedish energy group Skellefteå Kraft and Finnish utility Fortum.

The two companies placed a firm order for N100/2500 turbines equipped with Nordex’s new anti-icing system for Blaiken, which is expected to have a final capacity of 250MW.

Nordex claims the development of the anti-icing system was a key factor in winning the order.

It designed it specifically for sites where there is a risk of ice forming on the rotor blade, potentially causing substantial production losses.

In autumn 2010 Nordex installed the first N100/2500 turbines with anti-icing at the Jokkmokksliden project, the forerunner to Blaiken.

“The cost-benefit ratio of anti-icing persuaded us to have all the turbines equipped with this innovative system,” says Risto Andsten, vice president, renewable energy, for Fortum.

The news comes as Nordex announced that sales grew to €183.1m ($263m) during the first quarter of 2011, up from €150.5m in the same period last year.

Nordex says the results were underpinned by a strong performance in the US, where sales grew from €3.4m to €28.9m on the back of the ramp-up of its manufacturing facility there.

In Europe, sales were up slightly at €144.4m, compared to €143m in the first quarter of 2010.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation increased to €6.5m, compared to €4.9m in the first quarter of 2010, while the gross margin increased to 28.2% from 27.6%. However, the company showed an after-tax loss of €1.8m.

Order intake rose by 117% in the first quarter to €154.2m, compared to €71.1m in the first quarter of 2010. Nordex says it continues to expect full-year sales of around €1bn.