Siemens Wind Power has gained a contract with Danish energy company Dong Energy to supply 91 wind turbines for the extension of the existing Horns Rev offshore wind farm located in the North Sea, 14 km off the west coast of Denmark. With a total capacity of more than 200 MW, this is the largest order Siemens has received to date, the company writes in a press release.
Installation of the wind turbines for the Horns Rev II project is planned to begin in early 2009 and the turbines are scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2009. The 91 turbines, which have a capacity of 2.3 MW each, will be installed in water depth of 9-17 metres. The contract includes delivery and installation as well as a service and maintenance agreement.
"We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract by Dong Energy, which marks the continuation of our long-standing and successful relationship," said Andreas Nauen, head of Siemens' Wind Power Division. "This order is also an important signal to the international market regarding the expansion of Danish wind power capacity – both for positioning Denmark in the rapidly growing offshore wind power market, and for the global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions."
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 Siemens Wind Power, which is part of Siemens Power Generation, has more than tripled its workforce in Denmark to more than 2,700 people at its locations in Brande, Aalborg and Engesvang.