Siemens Canada Ltd. will supply, install and commission 40 SWT-3.2-113 direct-drive wind turbines to the 100 MW Grand Bend Wind Farm, located in Grand Bend, Ontario.
According to Siemens, construction of the project is now under way with commercial operation expected by the second quarter of 2016. All 120 55-meter blades will be manufactured at the Siemens wind turbine blade facility, located in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Additionally, the company notes that all of the steel towers will also be manufactured in Ontario.
The project is owned by Northland Power, in partnership with the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation).
The contract also includes a 10-year service and maintenance agreement, ensuring the reliability, availability and performance of the turbines. Siemens' wind turbine Service and Maintenance Distribution Center in Chatham, Ontario, will support this project. The center stores commonly used wind turbine parts and serves as a training center to develop and advance technical and safety skills for the firm's wind technicians.
Siemens' direct-drive wind turbines use B55 quantum blades with Siemens' innovative IntegralBlade design and offer maximum flexibility, reliability and efficiency.
The Grand Bend Wind Farm is the second Northland Power wind project selected as part of the Ontario Power Authority's feed-in tariff program for renewable energy projects under the Green Energy Act.
The Grand Bend Wind Farm is Northland Power's first Canadian project using Siemens wind turbines. Since the initial selection of Siemens for the project, Northland Power acquired a majority equity share of the Gemini Offshore Wind Project in the Netherlands – the largest offshore wind project in the North Sea – and has entered into a further turbine supply agreement with Siemens AG for 150 SWT-4.0-130 wind turbines.