Senvion mulls Horns Rev 3 pitch

Germany-based turbine manufacturer Senvion is considering taking part in the upcoming tender for the 400MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind project, chief executive Andreas Nauen said.

“We are currently thinking about whether we will take part in the tender, and with whom,” Nauen told Recharge on the sidelines of an event ahead of the upcoming WindEnergy Hamburg fair that will take place here in September.

“We are in talks with operators, but nothing has been decided yet.”

Nauen added that some of Senvion’s customers have shown interest in potentially using the company’s 6MW offshore turbine in a bid for the Danish tender.

It would be the first time Senvion (indirectly) takes part in a Danish offshore tender. Senvion has until the summer to make its proposal to operators, who then later can participate directly in the tender.

The company is a unit of Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon, and until last year was called REpower.

Nauen declined to say with which operators it was in talks. One of the potential bidders is Danish state-owned utility Dong Energy, which seeks to diversify its base of offshore wind turbine suppliers.

Dong Energy is in talks with several turbine suppliers, Voker Malmen, the company’s managing director in Germany told Recharge. As a state-owned company, Dong is required to tender to all manufacturers, he added.

The deadline for preliminary bids by operators for the Horns Rev 3 tender is in September, while the deadline for binding tenders is in February 2015.

Soon after that a concession contract and licenses will be awarded.