Siemens Signs Turbine Order for Race Bank
Siemens has received an order to supply, erect and commission 91 of its 6MW direct drive wind turbines at DONG Energy’s 580 MW Race Bank project.
Installation of the turbines, with a rotor diameter of 154 meters, is to commence during the spring of 2017. This order is part of the frame agreement concluded between DONG Energy and Siemens in 2012.
“We are pleased that DONG Energy has once again chosen our 6 MW direct drive wind turbine, the workhorse for offshore wind power plants,” said Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of the Wind Power and Renewables Division at Siemens. “We are working hard to bring the costs of offshore wind energy down to make it competitive with other sources of power generation.” Recent analysis show that our efforts are paying off: in the last five years the costs of offshore wind has fallen by 11 percent, according to study recently published by Renewable UK. “Thus, the offshore industry is fully on track to meet the 2020 cost targets.”
Service for the plant will be provided jointly by Siemens and DONG for a period of five years. When the Race Bank offshore wind power plant is completed at the beginning of 2018, it will have a capacity to supply approximately 400,000 British households with eco-friendly electricity.
The Race Bank offshore wind power plant will be erected around 32 kilometers off the British eastern coast and will cover an area of 62 square kilometers.