Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have signed an agreement for the supply and maintenance of 94 8MW turbines at the 752MW Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm being developed in the Dutch part of the North Sea.
The agreement is still subject to notice of effectiveness by DONG, Siemens Gamesa said.
Borssele 1 and 2 will be located 22km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland in water depths between 14 and 38 metres and will cover an area of 128.3km2. The wind farm is scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2020.
The nacelles for this project will be assembled in Siemens Gamesa’s new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany. The blades for the Borssele 1 and 2 projects will be produced in Hull, England.
Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore at Siemens Gamesa, says: “We are pleased that DONG Energy has selected Siemens Gamesa for the Borssele1 and 2 offshore wind power plants in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The advanced model of our proven direct drive offshore wind turbine platform and our advanced services will leverage the energy output of this lighthouse project and help to move offshore wind into the energy mainstream in Europe.”
The 8MW turbine is based on the existing Siemens Gamesa offshore direct drive platform. More than 200 Siemens direct drive wind turbines in the 6-8MW class have already been installed and commissioned on offshore wind farms.
The power supplied of the 752MW Borssele 1 and 2 projects will be sufficient to cover the annual electricity consumption of close to one million households, Siemens Gamesa said.
Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have collaborated on several offshore wind farms including London Array, West of Duddon Sands and Westermost Rough in the United Kingdom, the Anholt project in Denmark, as well as Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Gode Wind 1 and 2 in German waters.