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Joint venture partners, E.ON Climate & Renewables and Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP) place an order for 114 turbines, 104 x N149 and 10 x N131, as well as associated infrastructure works. Major ground-breaking order for turbines from the new DELTA4000 technology platform. Hamburg, 3 December 2018. The Nordex Group has received its largest order to date for the N149/4.0-4.5 of its Delta4000 series and the company’s biggest order under which Nordex will also be delivering the civil and electrical balance of plant (BoP) works under an EPC contract. Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP) and Utility E.ON Climate & Renewables have ordered a total of 114 turbines from the Nordex Group for the “Nysäter” project in Sweden, which consists of two project sites in the Västernorrland region of Sweden, “Hästkullen” and “Björnlandhöjden”. Specifically, the order entails the delivery of 104 N149/4.0-4.5 turbines and ten N131/3900 turbines, with a mixture of tower heights. In addition, the Nordex Group has signed a two-year service contract for the turbines, as a contractor under E.ON’s long term management, operation and maintenance agreement for the project. “Nysäter is a lighthouse project in several respects. We see this major order as confirmation of the highly competiveness

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Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has completed due diligence on behalf of ING Wholesale Banking during the financing process of the second phase of the onshore Lakiakangas wind farm located in Karijoki and Isojoki, Finland. The first phase Lakiakangas wind farm comprises two operational Vestas V126 wind turbines with 3.45 megawatt capacity each, with the second phase comprising a further 12 Vestas V150 wind turbines with 4.2 megawatt capacity each. The later will become operational during September 2019. While the V126 are fully operational and generate revenues under the Finnish feed-in tariff, the new V150 turbines will be remunerated under a corporate PPA. The project developer is CPC Germania. Natural Power’s scope as technical due diligence advisor included reviews of contracts, the site (ground investigations and transport/access), project design, environmental and permitting conditions, and the financial model. Now that finance has been secured, Natural Power will continue to work for the lender as an advisor throughout the construction phase. Neil Marshall, Due Diligence Project Manager at Natural Power, said: “Through our work in the Nordics, we have developed extensive local knowledge and experience throughout our business. This puts us in a strong position to deliver due diligence and advisory services

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•   The company will provide 34 wind turbines to wind farms in Sweden, Norway and Germay •   Most of the contracts include a long-term maintenance and service agreement •   The company will also supply more than 125 MW for two wind projects in Turkey Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) continues to reinforce its strong market position with the supply of 263 MW (1) to onshore wind projects in Sweden, Norway, Germany and Turkey. The turbines types are within a performance range between 2.3 and 4.1 MW. In Northern Europe, the company will provide 34 wind turbines with a total capacity of 137 MW to its clients Arise, Eolus and Saxovent. In Turkey, Siemens Gamesa will provide Afken Renewable Energy A.Ş with 37 wind turbines with a total capacity of more than 125 MW. In Sweden, Siemens Gamesa has sealed a deal with its new client Arise Windpower AB for the supply of 20 turbines for a total capacity of 82 MW. Eleven of these machines will be installed in the wind farm Bröcklingberget and the other nine in Enviksberget. Both projects will be commissioned in autumn 2019 with a 20-year operation and maintenance service agreement. In Norway, the company will provide Eolus Vind AB with seven turbines for

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Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust are celebrating after winning the title of UK Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year at the UK Social Enterprise Awards last night (Wed, Nov 28). Wind farm developer Calum MacDonald picked up the award at the glittering event in the beautiful Guildhall in London and admitted he was “very surprised” but “delighted” to have won. It is Point and Sandwick Trust’s second award this month, their third this year, and their fourth so far. They were automatically shortlisted for the UK Environmental Social Enterprise Award after winning in that category at the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards, held in the Scottish Parliament on November 6. The award recognises the innovation and success of Point and Sandwick Trust in operating a commercial business for social good. And the economic power of social enterprise was made clear at the awards ceremony with the revelation that social enterprise companies in Britain pay more tax than Amazon, Google and Facebook combined. The Environmental Social Enterprise award was the first category to be announced and Calum admitted he was “very surprised” to hear Point and Sandwick Trust’s name called out. But he added: “I’m delighted. Really delighted. It’s a great testament that the

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Thanks to the ornithological monitoring plan at Crystal Rig wind farm in the Scottish Borders, Natural Power is pleased to confirm that four pairs of barn owls bred at the site this year. The ornithological monitoring plan, a document setting out the monitoring requirements as dictated by the planning conditions attached to the wind farm consent, specified the requirement for artificial nesting baskets for long-eared owls which were installed to mitigate against the loss of nesting habitat for this species as large areas of forestry (the breeding habitat for long-eared owl) were felled to allow for wind farm construction. Through the on-going monitoring work, no long-eared owls were found, however, barn owls (birds of open habitats) were known to utilise the wind farm area and breed in the nearby outbuildings. As a result, Natural Power installed three barn owl boxes in various locations around the wind farm to promote the growth of the local barn owl population. Pawel Plonczkier, Environmental Consultant at Natural Power, said: “The provision of artificial nest sites is a crucial part of any conservation initiative for barn owls, due to modern landscapes offering few nesting opportunities for this species. We subsequently monitored how many boxes were occupied and recorded

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SeaRoc Group has delivered SeaPlanner® software and Marine Coordination training to the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) – the first formal MC training given to a Taiwanese client. With 11 planned offshore wind farms and a governmental goal of installing 5.5 GW by 2025, Taiwan is making steps in preparation for the significant growth in the market, with companies utilising the skills and experience of suppliers from the European offshore wind industry. Chieh-Cheng James Yen is a Senior Researcher within the Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories at ITRI, and completed training from SeaRoc Group, providers of leading Marine Management System, SeaPlanner and Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC), providers of marine co-ordination training. The training provided techniques and best practices for managing the safety of personnel and assets as well as monitoring of marine operations. “Taiwan is making significant strides in offshore wind construction, and we’re delighted to be able to support companies entering the market”, commented Steve Pears, SeaRoc Group Managing Director. “The developing Taiwanese market is taking proactive steps to ensuring they have the skilled workforce to support large-scale offshore operations and access to the tools to enable them to manage projects safely and efficiently from start to finish.” Capt.

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Installation of 15 turbines in two wind farms Hamburg, 28 November 2018. The Nordex Group has obtained orders for the installation of two wind farms with a total of 15 N131/3600 turbines in France. Both orders also include a Premium Service Agreement covering 15 years. For its customer, Quaero, the manufacturer will be installing the Riaucourt Darmannes wind farm with five turbines in the Département Haute Marne in the east of France. Construction work is due to start in May 2019. The Nordex Group will be building the second project for its new customer, Valorem, in the Département Somme in the north of the country. Here the Ablaincourt-Pressoir wind farm is to be equipped with ten N131/3600 turbines as of summer 2019. The N131/3600 is specifically designed for medium to very low wind speeds, which are exactly the conditions prevailing at the sites. In spite of the large rotor the sound power levels of the turbines at rated output stand at max. 104.9 dB (A). 

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Australia has not been able to decommission its coal-fired power plants at the pace originally envisaged, which has turned out to be its biggest stumbling block in fast tracking renewable energy development, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData's latest report, ‘Australia Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2018 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape’, reveals that the coal-rich nation has been decommissioning its coal-fired power plants at a slower pace while still encouraging the development of renewable power plants, leading to surplus generation. Consequently, the country has been forced to slow down the pace of renewable energy development. Chiradeep Chatterjee, Power Industry Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Australia has vast unused renewable potential and aims to generate 23.5% of its energy – equivalent to 33 TWh – from renewable sources by 2020, in accordance with the extended Mandatory Renewable Energy Target.” As of 2017, coal dominated the Australian power mix, with a share of 37.7% of the total installed capacity, followed by gas with 28.7%. Australia has substantial coal reserves, which account for the dominance of this fuel in the power generation mix. The country’s coal reserves, which have higher thermal efficiency due to lower sulphur content, represent around

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NKT is awarded a contract of approx. EUR 300m (approx. DKK 2.23bn) by 50Hertz. The contract comprises supply of approx. 270 km of 220 kV high-voltage AC XLPE offshore export cable system, and approx. 8 km of 220 kV high-voltage AC XLPE onshore cable system for the Ostwind 2 offshore wind farm grid connection in Germany. The contract is won in a consortium with Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles, who will install the offshore cable system. The cable system delivered by NKT for Ostwind 2 comprises three lots constituting the entire project. The NKT contract value of approx. EUR 300m in market prices, equivalent to approx. EUR 255m (approx. DKK 1.9bn) in standard metal prices, marks the company’s largest ever AC high-voltage export cable order. NKT Interim CEO Roland M. Andersen says: - I am excited that we book our largest ever AC high-voltage export cable order with the Ostwind 2 project. This award is a recognition from 50Hertz, our customer for years, of our technology and know-how of complex high-voltage offshore projects. For NKT this is the first order where our customer benefits from power cables being manufactured at both our high-voltage plants. This enables more efficient production planning and more flexible

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innogy’s two projects win at auction A total of 85.2 megawatts of planned capacity FIDs planned for beginning of 2019 innogy wants to further expand renewables in Poland. Now, the company moved a step closer to the realisation of new wind assets in this market: Two innogy onshore wind development projects won a tender from the Polish energy regulatory authority in the first onshore wind auction for large installations to support renewable energy projects (remuneration scheme: Contract for Difference). Zukowice onshore wind farm is a 33MW project based in Lower Silesia, Dolice project with a planned installed capacity of 52.2MW, is in Western Pomerania. Financial Investment Decisions (FIDs)for both projects are planned for the beginning of 2019. “We already operate eight onshore wind farms in Poland and want to further expand our portfolio there. We are very pleased that both of our projects, Zukowice and Dolice, were successful in Poland’s first onshore wind auction. The market was yearning for the first auction to take place. This was an important step towards sustainable investment fostering Poland´s Energy Transition. innogy has seen significant successes in wind auctions in recent years right across Europe.“ Hans Bünting, Chief Operating Officer Renewables of innogy SE

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