Dei, Sinovel sign wind power deal - The Best from Greece

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Posted on: 14/Apr/2011

The deal adds clout to Dei's ambitious plan to shed part of its polluting coal-fired power plants to become a clean energy powerhouse.

It also offers Sinovel, the world's third-largest wind turbine maker, a foreign expansion opportunity to counter a possible slowdown in its local wind energy market.

"Dei and Sinovel Wind Energy Group ... announce the signing of a strategic cooperation to develop wind parks and a wind turbine unit in Greece," Dei said in a statement.

The cooperation could involve development of a 200-300 MW wind farm and an offshore wind park, the statement said. Wind parks typically cost about 1.5 million euros per MW to build.

The deal was signed during a visit of Dei's chief executive, Arthouros Zervos, to Beijing as part of a Greek delegation seeking to attract Chinese investment in the debt-laden country.

Dei plans to invest about 2 billion euros in renewable energy by 2015, aiming at a sevenfold increase in clean energy production to 1,200 MW. Failure to do so would cost it 1.3bn euros a year in extra carbon costs from 2013, when the free allocation of emission rights ends in the EU.

Dei already has a strategic partnership with France's EDF Energies Nouvelles and also seeks partners to build a giant 200 MW solar park in northern Greece.

Dei generated just 274 GWh, or 0.6 percent of its total power output, from wind and solar energy last year. Its production is heavily geared towards polluting oil and carbon, which account for about 70 percent of the total.

Sinovel last week refused to accept shipments from its US supplier American Superconductor, raising concerns of slowing growth in China's wind energy market, the world's largest.

In January Sinovel had raised 9.5 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in China's first major initial public offering this year. The company expects its business to grow at a more than 30 percent compound annual rate over the next five years, benefiting from orders in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, Brazil and India.


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