Siemens has been awarded a contract to provide 80 wind turbines to the Butendiek offshore wind power plant off Germany’s North Sea coast. The order was made by wpd group, and when the power plant comes on line under a plan for 2015, it’s total generating capacity will be 288 megawatts (MW), enough to supply approximately 370,000 homes with electricity.
The Butendiek offshore wind farm will be located in the North Sea, 34 kilometres west of the island of Sylt near the German-Danish border. 80 3.6-megawatt turbines with a rotor diameter of 120 metres will be erected across an area 42 square kilometres in waters measuring around 20 metres deep.
The contract also includes a long-term maintenance contract for ten years, the first of its kind for an offshore wind project. Siemens will provide a new logistics concept that includes a service operation vessel designed to deploy to offshore wind farms.
Butendiek will be the eighth offshore wind power plant order that Siemens has won in German waters, and the second in Europe with an equity stake from Siemens Financial Services. The wind farm will join the over 30 offshore wind plants currently in various stages of development and operation in German waters.
“By 2020, we estimate that the combined installed electrical generating capacity of wind power installations worldwide will reach 500 gigawatts,” said Felix Ferlemann, CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Division.
“Offshore wind power plants constitute by far the fastest growing segment of this market. Maritime wind power is playing a key role in Germany’s energy turnaround efforts. Its broad acceptance among the general public and significantly higher energy capture than onshore installations are particular points in its favour.”
“Wind energy can make a major contribution to ensuring electrical power supply,” adds Randy Zwirn, CEO of the Service Division at Siemens Energy. ”To do so, however, wind turbines must be reliable and work at maximum output. This holds true on land just as it does under the harsh conditions at sea. Our experienced service technicians and intelligent maintenance concepts help to reliably maintain wind turbine performance over the entire estimated service life of these units – for up to 25 years.”
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