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The last few months have not been easy for the construction crew of Weener in East Frisia, Germany: while transports struggled with icy roads in early 2016, flooded soil obstructed the cable work, and strong wind gusts temporarily prevented the installation of rotor blades.
In defiance of the weather god, the first four out of nine wind power plants were connected to the power grid in early April. With the completion and commissioning of the wind power plants in June, the wind farm has been successfully modernized with two 2.35 MW and seven 3.05 MW plants.
In cooperation with four other plant operators, W.E.B invested almost EUR 40 million in replacing the rather old power plants by state-of-the-art turbines.
WEB Windenergie AG holds an indirect share of 16.6 percent and is not only responsible for smooth technical and commercial operations at the wind farm but also for the management of the joint infrastructure company.
The Weener project impressively demonstrates that the construction and operation of wind power plants creates significant value for the region. The majority of contracts were awarded locally: “The commissioned road construction company is from Leer just 10 kilometers away, and the turbine manufacturer is actually headquartered in East Frisia,” explains Dietmar Schweighart, head of procurement and logistics at W.E.B, who played a key role in supporting the project on site.