Siemens Wind Power in Brande, Denmark, is to supply 88 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 315 MW for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the east coast of England. The order, which was placed by StatoilHydro and Statkraft, has a value of DKK 3.4bn (USD 610m), reports national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Andreas Nauen, managing director of Siemens Wind Power A/S said: "Even in tough times, offshore wind farms have turned out to be both a valuable and profitable investment. Siemens is a market leader in offshore wind power and as the most experienced supplier, we can deliver the most thoroughly tested technology for offshore wind farms."
The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm will be located 17-22 km from the Norfolk coastal town of Sheringham and five kilometres north of the offshore sand bank known as Sheringham Shoal, Siemens writes in a press release. When Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm is completed in 2011, it will provide electricity to 220,000 households.
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. Siemens Wind Power A/S is part of Siemens Energy and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide, of whom 3,900 are working at the company's three Danish locations in Brande, Aalborg and Engesvang.