German wind power plant project developer Ventotec GmbH has signed a framework agreement for the supply of at least 200 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines to be deployed in a number of current and upcoming onshore projects across Germany.
In addition, Siemens says it will service the turbines on behalf of Ventotec under a 20-year full-scope maintenance agreement.
Under the agreement, Siemens will supply at least 35 units to Ventotec per year, enabling around 40 new wind farms to be built over the next eight years, notably in the German states of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Thuringia.
Siemens says its current direct-drive wind turbines offer rotor configurations and hub heights to cover a wide range of site conditions and can also be configured for special requirements. This allows noise abatement regulations and grid requirements to be met, according to the company.
“As we are always looking to develop new projects, we need mature technology that can be supplied to our wind farms on an ongoing basis. This framework agreement allows us to implement our projects within short planning lead times and gives us continuous access to optimally adapted wind turbines,” said Ventotec’s joint managing directors Helmer Stecker and Ralf Heinen.