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Germans set up local maintenance hub for their wind turbines

By Staff Reporter

A German wind turbine manufacturer has opened a service station in Co Londonderry to monitor the use of its equipment in the province.

Enercon will employ a small team of engineers and technical staff at the centre in Coleraine to support the operations of its turbines on 12 wind farms across Northern Ireland.

And the company said it anticipated even more growth in its operation here.

Wilke Janssen, Enercon head of sales in Ireland, said: "We have a growing fleet of wind turbines across currently 12 wind farms and more under construction with a total capacity of around 200 MW, which are supporting Northern Ireland's energy security and helping to moderate electricity prices for businesses and consumers."

Among the wind farms are four run by Irish energy giant Gaelectric. Mr Janssen added: "These jobs are another example of the positive economic spin-off arising from the renewable energy sector which Northern Ireland is and will benefit from as Gaelectric and other wind farm developers roll out their portfolio of wind projects in the years ahead."

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