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GE to Snatch Wind-Turbine Share in Germany From Siemens

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Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- General Electric Co. plans to win a “double-digit” share of the orders in Germany’s onshore wind-turbine market in two years, taking orders from peers like Siemens AG and Nordex SE.

GE developed a 2.5-megawatt machine for low wind speeds that will help it benefit from surging installations in southern Germany, Stephan Reimelt, chief executive officer of the Energy Germany division, said in an interview in Berlin. GE will present the turbine at a conference in Vienna next month.

“We have the first orders and we’re very optimistic that the product will be successful,” Reimelt said yesterday. “In Europe, Germany is currently the place where things are happening.” GE is “well on track” to achieve its projection of doubling sales in the country by 2015, he said.

Germany, Europe’s biggest power market, plans to replace nuclear reactors with fossil fuel-fired plants and renewable energy, and build or upgrade 5,700 kilometers (3,500 miles) of power lines. The nation, GE’s current focus in Europe, offers a “huge” market for managing energy-related data, Reimelt said.

GE has carried out European acquisitions in the past two years led by the $3.2 billion purchase of Converteam, a French maker of power-conversion products. GE this month announced it would buy Berlin-based energy planning company BLS Energieplan GmbH to strengthen its offerings in the energy industry.

Reimelt declined to comment on other possible deals. “It’s obvious that the German Mittelstand is highly innovative,” he said. “That’s interesting to any company with a global focus.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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