ScottishPower Renewables chooses Siemens for East Anglia One

Friday, 12 June, 2015 - 10:15
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ScottishPower Renewables has selected Siemens as turbine supplier for the East Anglia One offshore windfarm, in the biggest deal ever concluded for a consented project in the UK’s wind energy sector. The turbine agreement will see up to 102 of Siemens’ 7 MW turbines supplied.

“East Anglia One will be the most cost effective offshore windfarm ever delivered. We are confident that we have selected the most efficient offshore wind turbines in the world,” said Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables. Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division explained: “Our advanced model of our proven Direct Drive wind turbine with an output of 7 MW will leverage the energy output of East Anglia One and contribute to lowering the cost of electricity. We will manufacture the wind turbine blades for East Anglia One at our new factory in Hull and work with ScottishPower to further promote the growth of the UK offshore industry.”

As part of the turbine agreement, Siemens will use their new facility in Hull for manufacturing the wind turbine blades for this project. According to ScottishPower, more than half of all the project components and services will be made and sourced in the UK. ScottishPower Renewables will now be able to accelerate discussions with port facilities in the East Anglia region that will be critical to the construction of the project.

ScottishPower is delivering a large cut in the cost of offshore wind power through East Anglia One, with a cost of electricity set at £ 119/MWh after a successful bid in the competitive UK Government auction held earlier this year for a Contract for Difference (CfD). This compares with £ 140-150/MWh at other offshore wind projects awarded CfD contracts during 2014.

East Anglia One is ScottishPower’s and Iberdrola’s third offshore windfarm and, when completed, will be able to power around 500,000 homes. Construction work aims to start in 2017, with the first turbines installed by 2019 and the project fully operational during 2020.

Katharina Garus

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