Siemens says it has received a major order for its offshore wind business: The company will supply, install and commission 102 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 7 MW and a rotor diameter of 154 meters, for the 714 MW East Anglia ONE project.
The customer is ScottishPower Renewables, a subsidiary of Iberdrola. Siemens will additionally be responsible for servicing the wind farm for an initial period of five years. In terms of capacity, East Anglia ONE will be Siemens’ largest project to date.
East Anglia ONE will be erected roughly 45 kilometers off the British east coast over an area of 300 square kilometers. The 102 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines of type SWT-7.0-154 will be installed on jacket foundations, and the nacelles will be manufactured in Cuxhaven, Germany. Siemens plans to produce the corresponding wind turbine blades at its Hull facility.
The port of Great Yarmouth will serve as a pre-assembly harbor for the project. The first turbines are scheduled to be installed in summer 2019; the start of commercial operations is scheduled for 2020. The power generated by the project is expected to supply roughly 500,000 British households.
Michael Hannibal, CEO of offshore for Siemens’ wind power and renewables division, notes, “This represents the largest single order ever for our direct-drive, 7 MW wind turbine.”
This marks the second offshore wind project between Siemens and ScottishPower Renewables: Siemens previously supplied wind turbines with a total capacity of 389 MW for the West of Duddon Sands project in the Irish Sea.