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Suzlon, RWE Innogy sign 332 MW offshore deal

Bangalore: Suzlon group-subsidiary, REpower Systems SE, signed a contract with RWE Innogy to deliver 54 offshore turbines, each with 6.15 MW of rated power, for the Innogy Nordsee 1 wind farm.

The project, with a total capacity of 332 MW, is based in the German North Sea, around 40 km north of the island of Juist. This is one of the world's biggest open-sea projects with turbines in the multi-megawatt class, according to a Suzlon statement.

Power deal. Reuters

With 6,150 kW of rated power, an individual 6M turbine installed offshore can supply more than 6,000 households with electricity, which means that the Innogy Nordsee 1 wind farm has the potential to power over 324,000 households, it was stated.

Andreas Nauen, CEO - REpower Systems SE, said, "This contract is an important signal for the German offshore wind industry."

Tulsi Tanti, chairman, Suzlon Group added, "With a global emphasis on clean, sustainable and cost effective sources of energy, offshore wind has a major role to play, and we as a Group are extremely well positioned to drive growth in this sector."

To date, the REpower 6M is the most powerful wind turbine ever to be installed on the high seas anywhere in the world, the statement said.

The turbine is produced in Bremerhaven, and from there the components can be transported directly to their destination.

In 2009, three prototypes of the REpower 6M were installed onshore at the Ellhft wind farm, near the German-Danish border. This year, the first turbines installed offshore were erected for the Belgian Thornton Bank wind project.

PTI