Siemens receives biggest offshore order so far

Thursday, 28 April, 2016 - 11:00
Overall, Siemens will deliver 102 direct-drive wind turbines of the type SWT-7.0-154 for the project East Anglia ONE. (Graphic: Siemens)
Overall, Siemens will deliver 102 direct-drive wind turbines of the type SWT-7.0-154 for the project East Anglia ONE. (Graphic: Siemens)

Siemens will deliver 102 wind energy plants of the type SWT-7.0-154 for the offshore wind farm East Anglia One. This order by ScottishPower Renewables, a subsidy of Iberdrola S.A., has a volume of 714 MW and is the company’s biggest order so far, when it comes to capacity.

The offshore wind farm East Anglia One will be built on an area of 300 km² approximately 45 km from the British east coast. The 102 direct-drive wind turbines, which have a rotor diameter of 154 m each, will be installed on jacket foundations.

The nacelles shall be manufactured in the planned facility in Cuxhaven, Germany, while the rotor blades will be produced at Siemens’s British facility in Hull. The port of Great Yarmouth will serve as pre-assembly harbour for the project. The first wind turbines are scheduled to be installed in the summer of 2019, with the start of commercial operation scheduled for 2020.

In the course of a five year service agreement, Siemens will be responsible for remote monitoring and diagnostics services to help ensure the long-term reliability, the company announced.

Helicopter becomes part of logistics approach

The logistics approach encompasses the use of a helicopter, which will be stationed near Lowestoft port. It will be used mainly in winter, when service technicians cannot get to the wind power plants with transport vessels due to high wave conditions and rough seas.

“Siemens is delighted to work with ScottishPower Renewables on the East Anglia ONE offshore wind power plant," stated Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. "This represents the largest single order ever for our direct-drive, 7-megawatt wind turbine.”

For Siemens and ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia One is the second offshore wind project. Siemens has already delivered wind turbines with a total capacity of 389 MW for West of Duddon Sands in the Irish Sea.

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