BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 7. With the involvement of global developers, Azerbaijani wind farms will likely use turbine suppliers that dominate the European market, since these are likely to offer the lowest cost of energy, Trend reports with reference to the Offshore Wind Roadmap for Azerbaijan.
The document was released by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
There is also a possibility to use Chinese-supplied offshore wind turbines.
Azerbaijan has no turbine manufacturing facilities and any business case investment in new facilities would need to be based on a long-term market in the Caspian Sea of at least 2GW per year.
“This is not achieved even in the Azerbaijan high growth scenario and there is unlikely to be much market outside Azerbaijan, so it is highly likely that all nacelles and hubs will be imported. Azerbaijan has manufacturing capability for electrical components, such as from ATEF.
It is possible that in the high growth scenario, turbine suppliers will look to source power take-off equipment such as switchgear from Azerbaijan. Turbine suppliers are more likely to switch supply in power take-off equipment since this is typically housed in the base of the tower and is likely to be assembled in-country in the high growth scenario,” reads the document.
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