Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded exclusivity by Danish energy group Ørsted for the supply and service of wind turbines for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind project being developed in British waters, where it will install its SG 8.0-167 DD turbines with total capacity of 1,386 MW.
This offshore wind farm, which will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm when operational in 2022, is also the largest offshore project in Siemens Gamesa’s history, the biggest to date being Hornsea One (1,218 MW), similarly developed by Ørsted.
Located 89 kilometers off the east coast of England, the wind farm will span 462 square kilometers.
The nacelles will be produced at the new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, while the majority of blades will be made at the factory in Hull, U.K., where the pre-assembly work will also be carried out. Towers are expected to be partly sourced from U.K. suppliers.
“We are very pleased that Ørsted has placed its trust in Siemens Gamesa once again,” said Andreas Nauen, Offshore CEO at SGRE, who also highlighted the fact that offshore wind power is playing an increasingly important role in Europe’s energy mix. “Hornsea Project Two will be a benchmark in Europe, not only on account of its size but also its technology. Siemens Gamesa will install the newest model from its offshore platform at this facility. The SG 8.0-167 boosts annual output by 20 percent and offers higher returns.”
A single 8-MW turbine is capable of generating enough electricity for about 8,000 European households, so that the power generated by this complex will cover the annual power consumption needs of about 1.3 million homes.
The new SG 8.0-167 DD is equipped with a rotor 167 meters in diameter.
The blades, 81.5-meters long, deliver an 18 percent wider swept area and 20 percent more annual output than its predecessor, the SWT-7.0-154.
It features the technology proven in the direct drive platform combined with a larger-scale rotor in order to offer customers higher returns while minimizing the associated costs and risks.
Siemens Gamesa and Ørsted already have worked together on several offshore projects, notably: Hornsea One, London Array, Race Bank, West of Duddon Sands, Walney Extension East, and Westermost Rough in the U.K.; Anholt in Denmark; and Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Gode Wind 1 and 2 in German waters.
Having pioneered the sector as far back as 1991 and installed more than 11GW, SGRE boasts the longest track record among offshore turbine OEMs.
The company has cemented itself as the leading player in the offshore segment with a market share of the 70 percent in Europe.
Source: Siemens Gamesa
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