Airtricity secures Siemens wind turbines for the Butendiek offshore wind farm in Germany
"We are happy to continue the good offshore supply relationship with Siemens based on the delivery of 140 3.6-MW wind turbines for the Greater Gabbard project where construction is ongoing," says Airtricity CEO Paul Dowling.
Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Wind Power: "This agreement shows that the German offshore market is moving from the demonstration phase to rolling out commercial projects. With more than 90 turbines already installed offshore, the Siemens 3.6-MW wind turbine has a proven track-record for the harsh environment in the North Sea."
The Butendiek project is located 34 kilometers off the island of Sylt at a water depth of 20 meters. "The Butendiek project enjoys one of the best conditions among the German offshore projects," says Martin Huss, Project Director and General Manager at Butendiek Offshore Windpark GmbH & Co. KG., the project company for the offshore wind farm. Airtricity acquired the Butendiek project from the community founded developer OSB Butendiek in 2007.
Germany offers favorable framework conditions for the installation and operation of offshore wind farms. The German government has set a target of 25,000 MW offshore wind power in the year 2030. The Butendiek wind farm will receive a feed-in-tariff of 15 Eurocents per kWh, and the transmission system operator is obliged to connect the wind farm to the grid on time.
With an installed offshore capacity of more than 600 MW and an order backlog totaling more than 3,300 MW, Siemens is the leading supplier of wind turbines for offshore applications.
Wind power is an important part of Siemens' environmental portfolio. In 2008, revenue from the products and solutions in the Siemens' environmental portfolio was nearly EUR19 billion, which is equivalent to approximately a quarter of Siemens' total revenue.
Airtricity is the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). The company has responsibility for the development of onshore and offshore wind farms in the UK, Ireland and Europe as well as developing hydro and marine projects. The company recently received consent for two large Dutch offshore wind farms, West Rijn (260MW) and Breevertien II (350MW). Airtricity was acquired by SSE in February 2008 and the combined Airtricity/SSE team has developed 40 wind farms across Europe and North America resulting in over 1500MW, making it a leading wind farm developer. The company's goal is to protect the future of our planet by delivering renewable energy with passion, innovation and integrity.
Siemens AG Power Distribution Division und Power Transmission Division
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2008 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR22.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR33.4 billion and posted a profit of EUR1.4 billion. On September 30, 2008, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.
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