The second quarter saw Nordex achieve two significant milestones in UK and Ireland: ESB engaged the manufacturer to install five turbines for the “Crockdun” wind farm, taking Nordex past the 2 GW sold mark. In addition, with the commissioning of the “Moy” wind farm for Eneco, Nordex passed the 1.5 GW mark of installed capacity.
“Crockdun” will be Irish utility ESB’s seventh wind farm with Nordex turbines. The manufacturer is supplying five N90/2500s with 65 hub height and a total output of 12.5 MW in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Nordex will assume responsibility for servicing the turbines for six years under a Premium full-service contract. With “Crockdun” on the order book the manufacturer has now sold more than 2 GW in the British Isles – 1.4 GW in the United Kingdom and 600 MW in the Republic of Ireland.
At the same time, having handed over the 20 N100/3300 turbines at “Moy” wind farm near Inverness to Dutch utility Eneco, Nordex has now passed the 1.5 GW mark for turbines in operation in the region.
Nordex has a workforce of almost 200 in UK and Ireland and has been active in these markets for over 15 years. Its regional headquarters are located in Manchester and Dublin with service points close to the operational farms. This entire region, with its sometimes demanding sites but very good wind conditions, offers considerable potential for Nordex, which has already successfully realised numerous complex projects in its more than 30 years of experience as a manufacturer.
The group has installed more than 18 GW of wind power capacity, covering more than 25 markets worldwide. Nordex and Acciona Windpower generated combined sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2015. The company currently has over 4,800 employees. The production network is comprised of plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and soon, also India. The range primarily concentrates on onshore turbines in the 1.5 to 3 MW class, addressing the requirements of developed as well as emerging markets.
Employing more than 7,000 people in the UK and Ireland, ESB has always endeavored to bring light and energy to our customers. We do this by providing world-class, critical energy infrastructure, making an annual EUR 2 billion contribution to the Irish economy. In 2015 alone, we invested EUR 873 million, paid dividends to the Irish Government of EUR 273 million and provided community funding of EUR 2 million.