Siemens Wind Power, which is headquartered in Brande, Denmark, has landed an order for 70 2.3 MW wind turbines for Wildorado Wind Ranch near Amarillo, Texas. The order comprises transportation, installation, commissioning and a five year service and maintenance agreement. The turbines can deliver a total power output of 160 MW, with the potential to meet the electricity needs of more than 50,000 households.
Last year, Siemens gained one of the industry's biggest ever orders for wind turbines from the electricity company FPL Energy, a subsidiary of the FPL Group, USA's largest manufacturer of wind energy. The order was estimated at DKK 3 bn (USD 480 mn) with a power output of up to 600 MW. Siemens now plans to build a blade factory in the US. Martin Olesen, head of communication at Siemens Wind Power in Brande comments:
"We have decided to establish a blade factory in the US, and there is a good chance that it will supply the blades for these turbines. The nacelles for the turbines will come from Brande, and there is always an opportunity for producing the blades in Denmark, where we have just gained blade factory number two." The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.
Siemens entered the wind turbine industry in 2004 through the acquisition of Bonus Energy, which at the time was Denmark's oldest wind turbine manufacturer and the world's fifth largest. Since then, the workforce has doubled to 1,600 and in the next 12 months, the figure is expected to top 2,000. In February, Siemens presented the first annual report for Siemens Wind Power which showed that revenues have increased by 55% to DKK 2.8 bn (USD 448 m).
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