Siemens in €2.5billion offshore wind power deal

Siemens has announced a major new offshore wind turbine supply deal with Danish developer DONG energy.

The two companies have signed a framework agreement that will see Siemens supply 300 of its 6MW offshore turbines to offshore wind farm projects planned by DONG for UK waters between 2014 and 2017. "This agreement will enable DONG Energy to install a significantly larger turbine from 2014 compared to the turbines we know today," said Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen, acting ceo of DONG Energy. "The agreement on the supply of the new turbines totalling 1,800MW is an important step for the growing wind industry and will help make offshore wind more competitive." Under the terms of the deal, Siemens will design, manufacture, supply, install and service its SWT-6.0-154 direct drive wind turbines, which feature the world's largest rotor blade at 154m. Michael Suess, ceo of Siemens' Energy Sector commented: "Offshore wind conditions are strong and stable, enabling an energy yield which can be about 40% higher than onshore. The United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany in particular are counting on the future of offshore wind energy. Together, we are working to further reduce the costs of this environmentally-friendly form of power generation."