Areva confirms wind turbine supply deal for 400MW Wikinger

Areva has confirmed that it will supply turbines to Iberdrola’s 400MW Wikinger offshore wind project in the German Baltic Sea – a deal first revealed by Recharge.

As exclusively reported yesterday, the French power equipment group will deliver its M5000 5MW machine to Wikinger, which will be built in 2016 and 2017.

A statement from Areva says: “This success follows a highly competitive tendering process with several different offshore technologies proposed.

"Both companies will now enter into further negotiations to finalise the commercial and technical aspects of the supply contract.”

Areva has already partnered with Spain’s Iberdrola for the first French offshore wind tender.

Luc Oursel, CEO of Areva, says: “We are honored by Iberdrola’s renewed confidence in Areva’s offshore wind technology which further comforts the group’s strong ambitions in Europe.

“This new success further demonstrates the credibility of our long term growth strategy and our long term commitment towards renewable energies.”

The developer’s selection of Areva will come as a blow to Gamesa, the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer which was on the shortlist for Wikinger.