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German companies to build world's biggest wind park
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German companies to build world's biggest wind park

Published: 04 Jun 2010 16:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2010 16:17 GMT+02:00

German companies Siemens, RWE and SWE are teaming up to build the world’s largest wind park off the coast of Wales in the Irish Sea, they announced together on Friday.

The German engineering conglomerate and energy companies have agreed to invest in 160 wind turbines for the Welsh-named "Gwynt y Môr” project, expected to power 400,000 British homes.

Located 13 kilometres from the shore of North Wales, the 124-square-kilometre wind park will be completed in 2014, though it will begin providing electricity in 2013.

RWE’s renewable energy subsidiary RWE Innogy has taken on 60 percent of the project, while SWE will invest in 30 percent, and RWE 10 percent. Altogether they will invest more than €2 billion.

The three companies said the 567 Megawatt wind park is the largest ever to receive investment funds, though another much larger 9,000 Megawatt project on the Dogger Bank area of the North Sea is in early planning stages. That park will generate energy equivalent to that of seven power plants.

It will be RWE’s fifth wind park and part of the energy company’s goal to increase its use of renewable energy from less than five percent to 30 percent.

On Friday RWE Innogy head Fritz Varenholt criticised Germany’s sluggish construction of wind parks off its own shores.

“We don’t have our act together,” he said. “It’s unacceptable.”

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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17:32 June 5, 2010 by Susan45
Germany produced the best engineers.No wonder they are all over the world.
22:46 June 6, 2010 by rdiac
@Chocky At 11m by 11m, yes, definitely lego, or possibly mechatronics....

(re 'from the shore of North Wales, the 124-square-kilometre wind park will be')
08:04 June 7, 2010 by lordkorner
Hey poppet,maybe if the Brits ate more sauerkraut they too could build a few turbines and maybe even produce a car or two...
09:09 June 7, 2010 by jennyT
Being an engineer myself, Germany DO produce, in terms of overall quality, better engineers than elsewhere. So for those who made sarcastic comments, is this a sense of sour grapes that I am detecting?! :-)
16:31 June 7, 2010 by auniquecorn
I do believe German engineers are the best, BUT, I will never believe that these companies can complete this project by 2014. Airbus contracts? Eurocopter contracts? just a couple that are a billion years behind on delivery.

ok, you guys can dog me now.
17:22 June 7, 2010 by mrsams
Understandable, a common feeling when others can do it and you cannot.What you feel? You can see the answers of some comments above.They tried to be sarcastic but the truth it hurts (for them)
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