Siemens is to supply up 300 6MW units to Dong for offsore wind farms which are to be developed by Dong Energy offshore the UK between 2014 and 2017, providing total generating capacity of 1,800 MW.
Each giant unit will feature 154 metre-long (505 feet) rotors, and they are designed to provide higher levels of generating capacity.
“The agreement will enable DONG Energy to install a significantly larger turbine from 2014 compared to the turbines, we know today,” declared Dong Energy acting chief executive Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen. “The agreement is a key element of DONG Energy’s strategy to significantly expand offshore wind and will strengthen our position as market leader in the offshore area.”
He says these larger turbines will make wind farms far more competitive.
“Offshore wind conditions are strong and stable, enabling an energy yield that can be about 40 per cent higher than onshore,” points out Michael Suess, Siemens' board member and chief executive of its energy sector. “The UK, Denmark and Germany, in particular, are counting on the future of offshore wind energy,” he points out.
Under the framework agreement Siemens Energy will be responsible for design, manufacture, supply, installation and servicing of the 6MW units and the agreement commits Dong Energy to paying cancellation fees if any of the proejcts involved in the agreement are cancelled.
Dong Energy has already been involved in development of six UK offshore wind farms: Barrow Offshore (90 MW); Burbo (90MW); Gunfleet Sands 1 and 2 (173 MW total); and Walney 1 and 2 (368 MW total). And the company is already developing another three: Lincs Offshore (270 MW), Lond Array (630 MW) and West of Duddon Sands (389 MW).