Siemens Energy has been contracted by Irish utility Bord na Móna to deliver and service 42 direct-drive wind turbines for two onshore wind power plants set to be feeding power into the grid by mid-2014. The wind turbines will have a combined capacity of 126 megawatts, enough to power approximately 80,000 Irish households.
The order encompasses 28 SWT-3.0-101 direct-drive wind turbines for the Mount Lucas wind farm, located in County Offaly, around 80 kilometers west of Dublin, and 14 SWT-3.0-101 direct-drive wind turbines for the Bruckana wind power plant located on the border of Kilkenny and Tipperary, around 120 kilometers south-west of Dublin.
“This is the first order from Ireland for our direct-drive wind turbines. Globally, we have already sold more than 800 wind turbines of this type for on- and offshore wind power plants. With this innovative technology we contribute to the development of a sustainable energy supply in Ireland,” said Felix Ferlemann, CEO of the Wind Power Division of Siemens Energy.
The Irish Wind Energy Association note that the country already has an installed capacity of approximately 2,000 megawatts in a country with excellent wind conditions, given its location between the Celtic and Irish seas and the Atlantic Ocean.
Siemens has been contracted to supply, install, and commission the 42 direct-drive turbines for the two power plants and will provide service for the plants over the following 15 years.