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SGL Rotec and BARD Sign Long-Term Rotor Blade Agreement

23 December 2009

German rotor blade specialist SGL Rotec has signed a long-term agreement with BARD Emden Energy GmbH & Co. KG for the delivery of rotor blades for offshore wind turbines.

SGL Rotec is a joint venture between SGL Group and Abeking & Rasmussen Schiffsbau- und Yachtwerft.

The agreement, thought to be worth over €100 million, will initially last for five years and includes the delivery of moulds and production equipment for upcoming wind farms of the BARD Group.

In addition to the first German commercial offshore wind farm project “BARD Offshore 1”, BARD has received approval for a further three offshore- wind farms in the Netherlands. Construction for the wind farm BARD Offshore 1 will include 80 turbines and is expected to supply the power grid in 2010.

Speaking of the agreement, Dr. Jan Verdenhalven, Head of SGL Group’s CFC Business Unit said: “This long-term agreement is a major step not only for SGL Rotec as an independent producer and specialist for large rotor blade manufacture but also for the entire offshore market. Top quality plays a decisive role, particularly in the offshore sector, which is difficult to penetrate. This collaboration with BARD will give SGL Rotec the opportunity to further enhance its expertise in the development of manufacturing techniques as well as the manufacture of high-quality rotor blades, thus reinforcing the company’s position in this growth market over the long term.“

Frank Hagemeister, CEO of BARD Emden Energy GmbH & Co. KG said: “We have received approvals for over 300 wind mills including the new projects in the Netherlands and the German North Sea ‚Veja Mate’ resulting in a high demand for wind rotor blades in the years to come. With SGL Group as a strong partner we are in a good position to react fast when the offshore market takes off.”






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