German engineering giant Siemens Energy is to supply DONG Energy with its newly developed 6 MW offshore wind turbine.
Under the terms of a framework agreement between the two, Siemens will supply and service some 300 turbines, totalling 1800 MW in capacity between 2014 and 2017.
The two companies have an existing agreement starting in 2009 covering the supply of 500 of Siemens’ 3.6 MW turbines.
“The agreement will enable DONG Energy to install a significantly larger turbine from 2014 compared to the turbines we know today,” says acting CEO Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen.
The new latest generation turbine has a 154 m long rotor blade and uses gearless direct drive technology.
DONG Energy has not confirmed which of its projects will use the new turbines, but the two are working together on the Lincs offshore development, which just received a major funding boost, as well as the London Array and West of Duddon Sands developments in the UK, Borkum Riffgrund 1 in Germany and the Anholt offshore wind farm in Denmark.
However, earlier this year, DONG Energy did get the go ahead to test the 6 MW turbine at the Gunfleet Sands wind farm off the UK’s south east coast.
The agreement stipulates that DONG Energy will pay Siemens a cancellation fee if any of the projects covered by the deal are cancelled.
For further information:
World’s largest wind farm opens for business (15-Jun)
Lincs wind farm secures £425 million in financing (8-Jun)
DONG Energy to test new turbines at UK wind farm (18-Apr)
DONG Energy to receive £250 million loan for London Array (14-Jun 2010)
20 July 2012