Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Joshua S Hill8
Siemens To Provide 67 Turbines For UK Offshore Wind Farm
August 22nd, 2014 by Joshua S Hill
Siemens has announced that it has received an order from Norwegian energy utilities Statoil and Statkraft for 67 wind turbines for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. The news comes just days after the UK installed their first 6 MW wind turbine at the burgeoning Westermost Rough offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
Siemens will manufacture, deliver, install, and commission 67 of its direct-drive 6 MW wind turbines, each of which has a mammoth 154 meter rotor.
“We are proud to convince more and more customers about the advantages of our 6-megawatts-offshore machine”, said Dr. Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power Division of Siemens Energy. “With Dudgeon we extend our project pipeline for this new turbine. This gives us the opportunity to further ramp up production capacity, which is a precondition to bring down the costs for offshore wind.”
The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm will begin construction in early 2017, and upon completion is expected to provide electricity to more than 410,000 UK households.
DONG Energy announced last week the installation of the first of 35 6 MW turbines at the Westermost Rough wind farm in the UK, the largest yet in the country.
“Only a few days after our D6 wind turbine obtained its final certification it is in place for commercial operation,” explained Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of Siemens Wind Power. “We are very proud to achieve this milestone on the way to enhancing efficiency and lowering the cost of offshore wind energy with our innovative direct drive technology.”
The move solidifies Siemens control of the European wind market, at the same time that Vestas is attempting to make ground with their 8 MW turbines.