Nordex has been awarded a contract for the delivery and assembly of seven high-wind turbines for the Irish “Glenough 2” and “Gibbett Hill” projects. “Glenough 2” entails an extension to an existing 32.5 MW wind farm, which Nordex previously also built, while “Gibbett Hill” is a new 15 MW wind farm. The two projects are located in the south of the Republic of Ireland at windy elevated sites. In both cases, the customer, wind farm developer ABO Wind, has opted for the N90/2500 turbine, which is optimally configured for these locations with wind speeds of approximately 9 m/s. The annual yield of the seven turbines has been calculated at around 70 GWh, translating into an above-average capacity factor of a good 45 percent.
Wiesbaden-based project developer ABO Wind has been working closely with Nordex for many years. “In view of our favourable experience with the company and its products, we have decided to also install these turbines in Ireland together with Nordex,” says Dr. Jochen Ahn, a member of the management Board of ABO Wind AG and its founder. Together with the recent projects, the installed capacity of all wind farms which ABO Wind has installed in Ireland using Nordex turbines will come to 70 megawatts. “Alongside Germany and France, Ireland figures amongst ABO Wind’s most important markets,” he adds.
Work on the project is to be completed in December 2012 (Glenough 2) and May 2013, respectively. The order also includes a premium-service contract for an initial period of five years.