Siemens has secured two new orders for wind projects in Ontario totaling 315 MW. The contracts include the supply, installation and commissioning of 137 turbines rated at 2.3 MW.
Of those, Siemens will supply 91 units of its SWT-2.3-101 turbines to the 180 MW Armow Wind project, which is being jointly developed by Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Development. The G2 geared turbines are equipped with 101-meter rotors. Construction of the Armow project is now under way, with commercial operation expected by the end of 2015.
Separately, Suncor Energy Inc. ordered 46 D3 direct-drive wind turbines for the 100 MW Cedar Point II wind project. The SWT-2.3-113 turbines have a rotor diameter of 113 meters. The project is scheduled to start commercial operation in late 2015.
All 411 blades will be manufactured locally at the Siemens blade facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario. The Armow Wind project will feature 273 blades with a length of 49 meters, while Cedar Point II will use 138 blades of 55 meters each. The towers for the projects will be manufactured in a local facility using steel made in Canada, Siemens notes.
‘The two orders further demonstrate that Canada is one of our most important wind markets in the Americas region,’ says Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens' wind power and renewables division. ‘Ontario's continuous commitment to innovation and sustainable energy management has contributed to local economic growth and viable, affordable and sustainable wind energy for Canadians.’