Chinese wind equipment group Dongfang Electric has struck a deal to supply 30 of its 2.5MW turbines to Skellefteå Kraft for the third stage of its Blaiken wind farm in Sweden.
The deal – worth SKr600m ($92.3m) and said by the developer to be the first major deal by a Chinese supplier in Sweden – will see Dongfang install the direct-drive turbines in 2015, adding 75MW to the 150MW already in place from phases one and two.
The awarding of the deal to a Chinese equipment supplier will come as a disappointment to European manufacturers, and especially Germany’s Nordex, which in 2011 won the order to supply 60 2.5MW turbines for the earlier phases.
According to Skellefteå Kraft, Dongfang offered ”the best overall solution” for the Blaiken third phase and its cold climate demands.
A spokeswoman told Recharge: “It was about the technology and the total package that Dongfang offer as a supplier.
“We of course looked at other possible solutions, including the Nordex solution we had before.”
Blaiken, in northern Sweden, is majority owned by Skellefteå Kraft, with energy group Fortum holding a 40% stake.