REpower Systems AG, and UK based wind energy company Energiekontor UK Construction Ltd, signed two contracts. REpower UK will be supplying wind turbines to Energiekontor UK’s wind farms at Withernwick in Yorkshire and Hyndburn on Oswaldtwistle Moor in Lancashire. Withernwick will consist of nine REpower MM82 turbines, whilst the slightly larger development at Hyndburn will consist of twelve MM82 turbines. The turbines at these sites have a rated capacity of 2.05 megawatts (MW) per turbine.
It is estimated that the larger twelve turbine Hyndburn wind farm will generate around 70 million kWh of electricity per year which is the equivalent to the estimated electricity requirements of 52% of the households within the Hyndburn area. The total capacity for both wind farms will be 43.05 MW, providing enough electricity to power 24,000 homes in total.
Following the signing of these contracts, construction is due to start in the second half of 2011 for Hyndburn and the first half of 2012 for Withernwick. The sites are scheduled for completion in 2012.
Rick Eggleston, Managing Director of REpower UK comments: “We are delighted to be working with Energiekontor UK. We hope that Withernwick and Hyndburn wind farms will mark the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship between the two companies.”
Guy Wilson, Managing Director of Energiekontor UK, commented: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with REpower. I am sure that we can build on the good relationship which we have.”
The Energiekontor Group has built 74 wind farms to date, comprising of over 450 wind turbines and a total power output of around 500 MW. In total this represents an investment of over 720 million Euros. Energiekontor UK has built two wind farms in the UK and has many projects in planning.
Since its inception in 2003, REpower UK is one of the UK’s fastest growing wind turbine manufacturers, with a 12.3% share of the total wind power market in 2009, and a projected 15-20% market share by the end of 2010. The company has just reached the 500 megawatt watershed for installed wind turbines, and sits at fourth in the wind turbine manufacturing market in the UK.