Senvion eyes UK, Belgium orders

Germany-based wind turbine manufacturer Senvion in this financial year expects a financial close for RWE’s 332MW Nordsee 1 project in the North Sea, and eyes offshore orders in several other European countries, chief executive Andreas Nauen said.

After a clear “break” in German offshore wind orders caused by grid connection delays and a prolonged political debate on changes to the country’s renewables legislation, “we all expect things now to clarify,” Nauen said.

“For my own company we expect financial investment decisions on the next offshore wind park in our financial year,” Nauen said during a pre-event for the WindEnergy Hamburg fair.

“Whether that really takes place depends on the decisions in Berlin and of course how that gets translated into customers.”

Germany’s parliament currently is debating a government proposal to change the country’s Renewable Energies Act (EEG).

The draft foresees a lowering of offshore wind targets, but also an extension of the so-called compression model for offshore feed-in tariffs that gives operators the option for higher feed-in tariffs (FITs) during the first eight years of a project's operation to meet high upfront investment costs.

But Nauen also stressed that while Germany-based, Senvion is not a German company and is looking beyond its shores to win orders. Senvion is a unit of India’s Suzlon and until last year was called REpower.

Next to Nordsee 1, Senvion is also trying to land orders in the UK, Belgium, and a smaller order in Germany, Nauen said. But he added that he doesn’t expect any of those orders to materialise this year.

Senvion is also trying to for the first time become a supplier for a Danish offshore wind park, the 400MW Horns Rev 3 project that will be tendered later this year.