Published on November 22nd, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill0
Siemens Awarded Two Wind Contracts Totaling 582 MW
Siemens has been awarded the contract to provide 97 wind turbines for the Gode Wind 1 and Gode Wind 2 projects to be installed off the North Sea island of Juist. The turbines each rate at 6 MW and, upon completion, the two wind farms will reach a capacity of 582 MW, generating enough electricity to power approximately 600,000 German homes.
Located approximately 45 kilometres from the German coast, and to be installed in waters up to 34 metres, Gode Wind 1 (252 MW) and Gode Wind 2 (330 MW) will mark the first time Siemens has supplied its new six-megawatt wind turbines for offshore use in Germany.
“Offshore wind energy is a vital contributing factor to the success of the energy transition in Germany”, stated Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power Division of the Siemens Energy Sector. “Only at sea can wind projects of a performance category equivalent to major power plants be erected in Germany. Offshore wind energy will also act as a stabilization factor in the German energy mix. Offshore wind power plants produce electricity on more than 340 days per year, thanks to stable wind conditions at sea.”
Siemens has so far installed 3.9 GW worth of global offshore wind power, and has another 5 GW in its pipeline. In Germany specifically, Siemens has (so far) installed two other offshore wind power plants in Germany, and are in the process of moving towards six more. On top of that, Siemens is providing Danish DONG Energy with wind turbines for the German Borkum Riffgrund 1 project.
“Despite the fact that offshore wind energy is quite a new technology, we are making great advances. In the coming ten years we intend to reduce costs by up to 40 percent,” declared Mr. Tacke. “To accomplish this, it is essential that we have clearly defined and reliable framework conditions for the expansion of offshore wind power in Germany. “
Siemens is also contracted to service the towers for five years upon completion, which should take place some time in the second half of 2016.