Specifically, the company has signed today an agreement with Vattenfall for the supply 72 SG 8.0-167 DD turbines at the Danish Kriegers Flak offshore wind project -with a total capacity of 600 MW. This will be the largest offshore wind power plant in the Baltic Sea.
The ceremony of the signature of this agreement has taken place today at WindEurope international trade fair, with the presence of Markus Tacke, CEO of SGRE, and Andreas Nauen, Offshore CEO of SGRE. From Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President of Business Area Wind, and Michael Simmelsgaard, Head of Offshore Wind, have attended.
The installation of the turbines is scheduled for February 2021 and the commissioning for the end of that same year.
In addition, Siemens Gamesa has also been selected as preferred supplier by Vattenfall for the supply of the turbines, for both Vesterhav North (180 MW) and Vesterhav South (170 MW) located nearshore at the west-coast of Denmark in the North Sea with a combined capacity of approximately 350 MW. Both together will feature 41 SG 8.0-167 DD turbines. Installation of the turbines will start in 2020 and the commissioning for the end of that same year
Andreas Nauen, CEO Offshore at Siemens Gamesa, said: "We are pleased that Vattenfall has selected Siemens Gamesa for these projects. The advanced model of our proven direct drive offshore wind turbine platform and our advanced services will leverage the energy output of these lighthouse projects and help to move offshore wind into the energy mainstream in Europe."
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 these 950-MW projects will be sufficient to cover the annual electricity consumption of close to one million households.
Siemens Gamesa and Vattenfall have collaborated on several wind power plants including 288 MW DanTysk and 288 MW Sandbank offshore projects in the German North Sea and 110 MW Lillgrund offshore project in the Swedish part of Øresund.
New 8 MW direct-drive offshore wind turbines for these projects
Siemens Gamesa will install 113 of its new SG 8.0-167 DD turbines in these three projects. The latest turbine on the Siemens Gamesa offshore Direct Drive platform offers a rotor diameter of 167 meters. Its B82 blades will allow for an 18% greater swept area and up to 20% higher annual energy production than its predecessor SWT-7.0-154. As part of the proven offshore direct drive platform, the SG 8.0-167 DD utilizes known technology, combined with its rotor upgrade, to offer customers reliable revenue streams with reduced cost of energy and mitigated risk.
With a total capacity of approximately 11 gigawatts installed offshore and pioneering projects dating back to 1991, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has the longest track record of all wind turbine suppliers in the offshore industry. By end of September 2017 more than 300 units of the offshore direct drive platform have been handed over to customers. SGRE has a vast experience with the direct-drive technology having installed more than 2,230 units in almost 10 years.