Siemens Wind Power, headquartered in Brande, Denmark, has won the order to supply wind turbines to what will be the world's biggest offshore wind farm, off the coast of Britain. The contract with Great Gabbard Offshore Winds Ltd, a partnership between the British energy companies Airtricity and Fluor, comprises 140 Siemens 3.6 MW turbines.
Great Gabbard Offshore wind farm will produce a maximum output of 500 MW, sufficient to cover the electricity needs of 415,000 households. It will be sited around the Inner Gabbard and Galloper sandbanks, 25 km off the Suffolk coast in the outer Thames estuary. It will be the first UK offshore wind farm to be built outside territorial waters. Construction will commence mid 2009 and completion is expected by the end of 2010.
Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Wind Power comments: "Siemens is delighted to have signed this reservation agreement with Airtricity and Fluor for such a prestigious project. This marks yet another milestone in the offshore business for Siemens as the clear market leader in the offshore wind turbine market.”
The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen and on Siemens' website.
Siemens entered the wind turbine industry in December 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 tripled to almost 2,400 and is expected to increase to 2,900 in 2007. In June 2007 Siemens Wind power announced that it would henceforth obtain all the electricity used for its manufacturing activities in Denmark from wind power, through a supply agreement with Vindenergi Danmark.