The Danish subsidiary Siemens Wind Power, based in Brande in Jutland, has gained its first footholds across the Atlantic, with orders in both North America and Latin America, writes regional newspaper Herning Folkeblad.
In October, Siemens Wind Power landed its first order in North America, worth DKK 4.5bn (USD 905m). Now they have followed it up with their first order in Latin America, to supply 70 SWT-101 2.3 MW turbines to the Mexican wind energy developer Grupo Soluciones en Energias Renovables for the 160 MW Los Vergeles wind farm to be built in the north-eastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The facility will supply the electricity needs of 200,000 households, making it Mexico's largest wind farm.
The order gained by Siemens Wind power involves delivery, installation and commissioning, and includes a 5 year operation and maintenance agreement.
In a press release, Siemens writes that the Mexican order, worth over USD 270m, is the largest so far for its new 2.3 MW turbine, launched in March 2009. The SWT-101 has a swept area of 8,000 square metres and is intended for use in low-wind areas. Siemens claims low-wind areas will soon account for one third of global turbine sales.