Business Briefs: wind, wind and more wind

In this week’s European Business Briefs, orders for 50 new turbines, a new chief executive for the European Wind Energy Association, and Belgium’s first offshore wind farm.

German wind turbine manufacturer, Nordex, has announced that it has orders signed for more than 50 wind turbines, many signed at WindEnergy 2002, the first international wind fair, in Hamburg. The orders will already be reflected in this calendar year’s earnings, says the company. Some of them form part of the master agreements recently concluded with different customers, but some new customers have also decided to buy from Nordex.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Corin Millais, who has been the driving force behind the Greenpeace wind power campaign, will start working at the EWEA headquarters in Brussels on 2 September.

And finally, the energy company Electrabel has stated that it welcomes the construction and operating permits for the building of the first offshore wind farm in Belgium, more than 12 km off the coastline. The Belgian Government has awarded the permits for the Seanergy project, a 100 MW wind farm covering eight square kilometres north of the area known as the Vlakte van de Raan.

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