Siemens Energy has received another large order to build an offshore wind power plant in Germany. For the Amrumbank West project in the North Sea, the company is supplying 80 wind turbines, each with an output of 3.6 megawatts (MW) and 120 meter diameter rotor. The customer is Amrumbank West GmbH, a subsidiary of E.ON AG. With an installed capacity of 288 MW, this wind power plant will deliver clean energy for around 300,000 households when it goes online in 2015. This is Siemens' seventh German order for offshore wind turbines.
"With contracts signed for around 440 offshore wind turbines with a total installed capacity of approximately 1,600 MW, Siemens is the clear number one in offshore wind energy utilization in Germany" said Felix Ferlemann, CEO of Siemens Energy's Wind Power Division. "Our offshore technology will play a substantial role in building up a clean electricity supply in Germany." Wind turbines of type SWT-3.6-120 are currently the most successful product in Siemens'offshore wind power plants. Among other projects, 175 of these generators are being installed in the London Array, the world's largest offshore wind power plant.
The Amrumbank West offshore wind park site is around 35 km north of the island of Helgoland and 37 km west of the island of Amrum. Siemens will deliver, install, and commission the wind turbines, and handle maintenance for an initial period of five years. Helgoland will serve as the service base, and the turbines will be installed over an area of 32 square kilometers at a water depth of around 25 meters.
In five years time offshore wind power plants will already account for approximately 20 percent of the entire wind power market. In Europe alone, Siemens is anticipating offshore wind power generating facilities with an installed capacity of more than 80 GW by 2030. That is equivalent to approximately more than half of the power plant fleet currently installed in Germany.
Siemens to build 288MW offshore wind park in Germany