Scotland’s Clyde Wind Farm To Receive 173 MW Extension

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Scotland’s 350 MW Clyde onshore wind farm is set for a 173 MW upgrade, with Siemens awarded the construction contract.

Siemens announced on Monday that it had been awarded the contract for supply, installation, and commissioning of 54 of its direct-drive, SWT-3.2-101 wind turbines, amounting to 172.8 MW, for the Clyde Extension project. The project will increase the capacity of one of Europe’s largest onshore wind power plants to an impressive 523 MW, continuing Scotland’s prominence as a renewable energy leader.

The Clyde wind farm is already home to 152 operational Siemens 2.3 MW turbines, and is Europe’s third largest wind farm, and Siemens’ largest project to date.

“We are very pleased to continue the long and successful relationship with our customer SSE in an important project like the Clyde Extension,” said Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore at Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division. “Our direct drive units improve performance, reliability and maintainability. We see this innovation in our products as a stable basis for further collaboration with experienced customers like SSE.”

Construction of the extension began in July, and is expected to take an estimated two years. Delivery and installation of turbines is expected for June 2016, with estimated completion in June 2017.

Siemens continues to stand out as one of the world’s leading wind energy developers, partaking in new project installations on multiple continents, both onshore and offshore, as well as picking up numerous service and maintenance contracts — a burgeoning industry that is soon to be one of the most important if wind is to succeed as a leading electricity generating technology.

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