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Siemens Wind Power secures order for the largest European wind farm
October 18, 2006
Siemens Power Generation (PG) has been awarded a contract for the delivery of 140 wind turbines for the Whitelee Wind Farm to be located south of Glasgow in Scotland, United Kingdom. With an installed capacity of 322 megawatts (MW) it will be Europe’s largest wind farm. The capacity will be sufficient to supply electricity to about 200,000 households in Scotland. The Whitelee Wind Farm project is the largest wind farm contracted by Siemens Power Generation to date. Total contract value is approximately EUR350 million. Completion of the project is scheduled for summer 2009.
The contract has been awarded by the utility Scottish Power. For the Whitelee Windfarm, the 140 2.3 MW wind turbines will be split into 100 SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines and 40 SWT-2.3-82 VS wind turbines. The Siemens PG scope of supply includes the delivery of wind turbines, installation, commissioning and a service and maintenance agreement. Scottish Power is responsible for the infrastructure works, including the civil and electrical part with transformers located outside the wind turbine towers.
Since the early 1990s, Siemens has successfully implemented several onshore wind turbine projects in the United Kingdom. In fall 2005, Siemens PG’s wind power division signed an agreement for Burbo Banks, its first offshore project in the United Kingdom. "Following the successful completion of the Black Law Wind Farm I and II projects for Scottish Power, the Whitelee Wind Farm order will enable us to further expand our strong presence in the United Kingdom," said Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Power Generation’s wind business. Later this year, Siemens also will commence the delivery of 14 wind turbines with a capacity of 1.3 MW each for Scottish Power's Wether Hill Wind Farm in Scotland.
Renewable energy is an integral part of the UK’s aim at reducing CO2 emissions. The British government has set a target of 10 percent of electricity supply from renewable energy by 2010. "Wind projects like Whitelee will play an important role in reaching this goal by providing clean energy to this region," Nauen added.
The Power Generation Group (PG) of Siemens AG is one of the premier companies in the international power generation sector. In fiscal 2005 (which ended September 30), Siemens PG posted sales amounting to approximately EUR8.1 billion and received new orders totaling EUR10.9 billion. Group profit amounted to EUR951 million. On September 30, 2005, PG had a work force of approximately 33,500 worldwide.
Reference Number: PG 200610.001 e
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