Swedish power company Vattenfall has announced it has placed a near-1 GW wind turbine order with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for three new offshore wind farms in Denmark, making the order the world’s largest offshore wind turbine order in 2017.
Vattenfall announced on Tuesday that it had placed an order with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to supply the wind turbines for its three offshore wind farms, Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea and Vesterhav Syd and Nord in the North Sea, worth a total investment of €1.7 billion and a combined capacity nearing 1 GW (gigawatt), making it the world’s largest offshore wind turbine order this year and one of the largest in Vattenfall’s history.
Vattenfall won the rights to build both the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm and the 350 MW Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord offshore wind farms within two months of one another towards the end of 2016. In September 2016, Vattenfall upset the apple cart (again) by placing the cheapest offshore wind bid (at the time) of 0,475 kr/kWh (€60/$67.33) for Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord. Two months later, Vattenfall announced that it had won the rights to build the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm, the largest wind farm in the Nordics.
“The deal is a further proof point of Vattenfall’s firm commitment towards a fossil free future and climate smarter living,” said Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Wind and member of the Executive Group Management. “The investment in this state-of-the-art technology for our modern wind farms, contributes significantly to our goal of building more renewable energy according to our strategy.”
“We are pleased that we successfully have procured ultramodern turbine technology to three of our largest offshore wind power projects. A combined purchase gives us a lower price, which means that construction costs for offshore wind power can be further reduced. Vattenfall will naturally take these cost-levels into other markets.”