Siemens Wind Power, headquartered in Brande, Denmark, has gained an order to supply 54 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 180 MW for two offshore wind farm projects at Lynn and Inner Dowsing, off the Lincolnshire coast of UK. The order was placed by Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, and comprises a five year operation and maintenance agreement. The total project is estimated at approx. DKK 3.3 bn (USD 594 m).
Andreas Nauen, managing director of Siemens Wind Power says: "Last year we doubled our revenues, and it's still our objective to grow faster than the market. This order is a good step on the way, and cements our leading position on the growing market for offshore wind turbine parks."
The offshore wind farms, which are scheduled for completion by the end of 2008, will be capable of supplying electricity to around 130,000 homes, and will save 500,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.
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 tripled to almost 2,400 and is expected to increase to 2,900 in 2007. The news was reported by national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.