Siemens has received an order for the supply, installation and commissioning of 54 direct-drive wind turbines for SSE's Clyde wind farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
With an existing 152 operational turbines and a capacity of 350 MW, Clyde is the third-largest wind farm in Europe and SSE's largest project to date, says Siemens. As part of the farm's extension project, the SWT-3.2-101 turbines will add another 172.8 MW.
Siemens will also be providing long-term service for the extension project, which is expected to be completed in June 2017. The two-year construction effort commenced in July and will support an estimated 500 local jobs through direct employment and the supply chain.
All of the existing turbines are Siemens 2.3 MW units, commissioned in 2011 and 2012. Each of the additional 54 turbines has a capacity of 3.2 MW and a 101-meter rotor diameter.
‘We are very pleased to continue the long and successful relationship with our customer SSE in an important project like the Clyde Extension,’ says Thomas Richterich, CEO of onshore wind at Siemens' wind power and renewables division. ‘Our direct-drive units improve performance, reliability and maintainability. We see this innovation in our products as a stable basis for further collaboration with experienced customers like SSE.’