ScottishPower Renewables will use up to 102 of Siemens' 7 MW machines to power the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, located off the coast of the U.K., in what is the largest deal for a consented project in the U.K.'s wind energy sector.
The company aims to start construction in 2017, with the first turbines installed by 2019 and the project fully operational during 2020.
The developer expects the project to be something of an economic development generator and is expected to create nearly 3,000 jobs, with up to half of these jobs supporting the turbine contract. More than half of the project components and services will be made and sourced in the U.K. As part of the turbine agreement, Siemens will use its new facility in Hull for manufacturing the wind turbine blades for this project.
The project is ScottishPower and Iberdrola's third offshore wind farm. The two firms previously collaborated on the 389 MW West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea and on Wikinger, an offshore wind farm in the German Baltic due to begin operating this year.
With turbine selection completed, ScottishPower will be able to accelerate discussions with port facilities in the East Anglia region that will be critical to the construction of the project. The company will also work closely with Siemens to maximize the training and employment opportunities across East Anglia to support the turbine contract.