Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have signed an agreement for the supply of 94 8-MW turbines (752 MW) at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind power plant being developed in Dutch waters. The contract also includes turbine maintenance.
The site is 22 kilometers from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland with a water depth of 14-38 meters.
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.
“We are pleased that DONG Energy has selected Siemens Gamesa for the Borssele1 and 2 offshore wind power plant in the Dutch part of the North Sea,” Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore at Siemens Gamesa, said. ”The advanced model of our proven direct drive offshore wind 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.”
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 6-8- MW-class have already been installed and commissioned in offshore wind farms.
Siemens Gamesa said one 8-MW machine is sufficient to supply about 8,000 European households with electricity. The power supplied by the 752-MW Borssele 1 and 2 project will be sufficient to cover the annual electricity consumption of 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.