26 November 2012
Munich municipal utility to buy Nordex wind farm
- Own developed project successfully sold to new customer
- plans to extend partnership
Hamburg - Nordex SE’s project development unit has gained an important new customer: for the first time, the Munich municipal utility Stadtwerke München has acquired a fully built wind farm from the wind power OEM. Named "Filières", the project comprises four N90/2500 multi-megawatt turbines and is located in the Lorraine region in North Eastern France. It has a calculated annual yield of 20.7 gigawatt/hours.
French subsidiary Nordex France, which is one of the most successful project developers in the country, developed the "Filières" wind farm. In the ensuing step, Nordex completed the turn-key project for its customer. "Many of our new customers appreciate such an offer as it permits a professional allocation of the individual tasks, while ensuring a high degree of planning reliability. This is also reflected by this contract with the Munich municipal utility, which in my opinion is one of the most important companies in this segment. I hope that this ushers in the beginning of a long and successful partnership," says Lars Bondo Krogsgaard, a member of Nordex’s Management Board.
The Munich municipal utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) is one of the pioneers in renewable energies. It plans to produce sufficient green electricity using its own facilities to cover the entire requirements of the City of Munich - namely no less than some 7.5 billion kilowatt/hours - by 2025. In this way, Munich will be the world’s first major city to achieve this goal. Says Dr. Kurt Mühlhäuser, management chairman of SWM: "The "Fillières" wind farm marks a further step in our ambitious strategy for renewable energies. At the same time, it is a pilot project with Nordex. We would be pleased to execute further joint projects with this new renowned partner."
As one of the technological leaders in multi-megawatt wind power systems, Nordex is benefiting from the trend in favour of large-scale turbines. The range comprises one of the world’s largest series-produced wind power systems (N90/2500, N100/2500, N117/2400). To date, over 1,900 turbines of this type have been installed around the world. This experience with multi-megawatt turbines gives Nordex a decisive lead over most of its competitors. Nordex has installed a total of around 5,000 turbines with an aggregate capacity of more than 7,800 MW all around the world. With exports accounting for more than 90 percent of its business, Nordex SE plays a key role in international high-growth regions. The Company has offices and subsidiaries in 22 countries around the world with a total global headcount of over 2,500 employees.
Stadtwerke München (SWM) is the municipal utility and service company for the city of Munich. It is one of the largest energy and infrastructure companies in Germany. For decades, SWM has been supplying energy (electricity, gas, district heat) and clean water from the Bavarian foothills of the Alps reliably and with minimum strain on natural resources. Its urban transport subsidiary MVG operates underground rail, bus and tram services and is thus one of the main pillars of the public transport system in Munich. In addition, SWM has one of the most modern recreational swimming landscapes in Germany comprising 18 indoor and outdoor pools. Many of its products are also available nationwide across Germany. With around 7,900 employees, the SWM Group generated consolidated sales of some EUR 4 billion in 2011.
Hamburg, 26 November 2012
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