The newly-minted Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been awarded a contract for the supply and installation of the 112 megawatt EnBW Albatros offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.
Following the official merger of Gamesa and Siemens’ Wind Power business in April, the resulting Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced this week that it had been awarded the contract to supply and install wind turbines for German public utility EnBW’s 112 megawatt (MW) Albatros offshore wind farm. Not only will Siemens Gamesa provide top-to-tail solutions for the project — from wind turbine supply to installation and substation development — but Albatros is adjacent to the 497 MW EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm which was awarded to Siemens back in February, prior to the completion of the merger. As such, Siemens Gamesa will be providing adjacent and parallel supply and installation services for EnBW’s two German North Sea offshore wind farm projects, both of which are expected to begin construction in the spring of 2018.
Siemens Gamesa is understandably proud of its approach to these particular projects, boasting “a bundling of installation works and a centralized project planning create valuable synergies.” Siemens Gamesa will provide Hohe See with 71 of its 7 MW wind turbines, and 16 of its 7 MW wind turbines to the Albatros project. The company will also install the turbines, as well as build the necessary substation, while Belgian offshore construction company GeoSea will construct and install the monopiles. Siemens Gamesa will also provide initial service and maintenance for the turbines for a period of five years.
“EnBW Albatros allows us to demonstrate our broad competence in offshore projects, ranging from project specific engineering services and the beneficial combination of power generation and transmission technology to service and maintenance concepts,” said Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “This project has a high relevance for us since we will turn the 112-megawatt wind power plant into a highly profitable investment for our customer via cutting edge technology and smart details.”
As offshore wind technology continues to mature and cost reductions continue to increase the viability of the technology, we are likely to see more integrated offerings, where wind turbine manufacturers and suppliers provide installation and maintenance & operation services.
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