NERO Renewables recently submitted its ‘Invitation To Tender’ to European wind turbine manufacturers. Six of them decided to participate in this expansive tender which involves about 360 wind turbines, spread over three locations in the Muntenia and Dobrogea regions in Romania.
NERO aims to make a final choice of turbine before start of the second quarter next year, with one or more manufacturer(s). Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Enercon, Senvion, Nordex and Lagerwey participate in the tender. Achieving the lowest LCOE (levelised cost of energy) over the 25 years lifetime of the project is the main aim of NERO. Aiming for the lowest LCOE, NERO does not focus on turbine price and projected energy production alone. A strong focus on the operational expenditure during the whole lifetime of the project is required. NERO, which stands for ‘Netherlands – Romania’, is in the process of realizing 3 fully permitted windfarms in Romania. These windfarms will be directly connected to the (inter-) national high voltage grid and will annually inject 3 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy into the European grid, extractable in any of the EU member states.