DONG Energy has chosen Siemens as preferred supplier for delivery of their 7.0MW wind turbine for the second phase of the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm.
The second phase of the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm will have a total capacity of 330MW.
DONG Energy looks forward to the continued cooperation with Siemens and welcomes the news that the project will be contributing to the ramp up of production at the new Siemens factory in Hull on the British east coast.
Mats Vikholm, Senior Vice President for DONG Energy Wind Power, said: "The 7MW turbine is an upgrade of the 6MW platform, that we are very familiar with and are already installing at both Westermost Rough in the UK and at our Gode Wind 1+2 wind farms in Germany. We are certain that this improved and bigger turbine will contribute to driving down the cost of offshore wind power even further."
Vikholm continued: "We welcome Siemens plans to manufacture substantial parts for our UK projects at the new production facilities in Hull on the British east coast. Having manufacturers close to the markets where the supplies are needed is very important to us. This will contribute to driving down the cost of electricity as we're reducing transport and logistics for these heavy components"
Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Ed Davey said: "This is great news for Britain, showing how our policies have made the UK the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind. It is particularly good news for Hull, where many of the blades for UK projects will be manufactured, and where Siemens are already creating over a thousand new green jobs. I hope to see the towers delivered from a UK factory too.
"Our policies are driving down the costs of renewables and have ensured that British based manufacturers like Siemens are well placed to win renewable energy contracts in the UK and overseas."
Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division explained: "We are pleased to provide our customer DONG Energy with our advanced model of our proven Direct Drive wind turbine. Our 7 MW turbine will leverage the energy output of Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm and contribute to lowering the cost of electricity and will act as a stepping stone to the UK supply chain."
Earlier this year, DONG Energy selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, with their 8.0MW turbine, as its preferred supplier for the first phase of the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm.
Walney Extension has already been awarded a contract for difference under the EMR FID-enabling regime and, in November 2014, the project was granted consent by the British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm has a maximum capacity of 660MW and is located approximately 19 kilometres off the Cumbrian coast, next to the 367.2MW Walney Offshore Wind Farm. Based on the formal permits and timetable for the Walney Extension offshore wind farm, offshore construction of the wind farm could potentially start in 2017. However, DONG Energy has not taken a final investment decision to build the offshore wind farm.