Siemens Awarded Contract for German North Sea Wind Farms
Siemens has received a further order for two German offshore wind power plants, the company are to supply 97 six megawatt wind turbines to the Danish energy provider DONG Energy. The total capacity for the Gode Wind 1 and Gode Wind 2 projects is 582 megawatts, enough to supply around 600,000 German households with eco-friendly power.
The Gode Wind 1 (252 MW) and Gode Wind 2 (330 MW) wind power plants will be erected off the North Sea island of Juist, around 45 kilometers from the German coast in water depth of up to 34 metres. This will mark the first time that Siemens will be supplying its new six-megawatt wind turbines for offshore in Germany.
Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power Division of the Siemens Energy Sector said;
Offshore wind energy is a vital contributing factor to the success of the energy transition in Germany, only at sea can wind projects of a performance category equivalent to major power plants be erected in Germany. Offshore wind energy will also act as a stabilisation factor in the German energy mix. Offshore wind power plants produce electricity on more than 340 days per year, thanks to stable wind conditions at sea.
The company has to date installed wind turbines for two offshore wind power plants in Germany, with six further projects in the order books. Siemens is also supplying wind turbines to DONG Energy for the German project Borkum Riffgrund 1. DONG Energy is the global leading player for the development, the engineering, procurement and construction as well as the operation of offshore wind.
Wind power and the associated service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio, with which the company posted revenue amounting to roughly EUR33 billion in fiscal 2012. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology. Using Siemens products and solutions, customers saved more than 330 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) during the same time period; this figure is equivalent to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo combined.
Construction is planned to begin in the first half of 2015, with commissioning scheduled for the second half of 2016.