Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have signed an agreement for the supply of 94, 8-MW turbines for the 752-MW Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind-power plants being developed in Dutch waters. The wind farm will be located 22 km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland, with a water depth of 14 to 38m and will cover an area of 128.3km2.
The nacelles for this project will be assembled in Siemens Gamesa’s new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany. The blades for the Borssele 1 and 2 projects will be produced in Hull, England. The contract also includes maintenance of the turbines.
“The advanced model of our proven direct-drive offshore turbine platform and our advanced services will leverage the energy output of this lighthouse project and help to move offshore wind into the energy mainstream in Europe,” said Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore at Siemens Gamesa.
The 8-MW turbine is based on the existing Siemens Gamesa offshore direct-drive platform, which has an excellent track record. More than 200 direct-drive wind turbines in the 6 to 8-MW class have already been installed and commissioned in offshore wind farms.
The energy production of one Siemens Gamesa 8-MW machine is sufficient to supply about 8,000 European households with electricity. The power supplied of the 752-MW Borssele 1 and 2 projects will be sufficient to cover the annual electricity consumption of close to one million households.
Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have collaborated on several offshore wind farms including London Array, West of Duddon Sands and Westermost Rough in the United Kingdom, the Anholt project in Denmark, as well as Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Gode Wind 1 and 2 in German waters.