Siemens Gamesa is set to supply 950MW to Vattenfall for three offshore wind projects
The Spanish wind manufacturer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, has been chosen by Vattenfall, a Swedish power company, to supply three new offshore wind farms with turbines.
The farms will be located in Danish waters and will have a combined capacity of almost 1GW.
Siemens Gamesa will be providing 72 of its SG 8.0-167 DD turbines to the Danish Kriegers Flak offshore wind power plant, creating a capacity of 600MW.
The turbines are expected to be installed in February 2021 and commissioned by the end of the years, creating the largest offshore farm in the Baltic Sea.
The Spanish company will also be the preferred supplier for the Vesterhav North and Vesterhav South wind farms.
The manufacturer will supply both with 41 of the same model turbines, with the North farm having a capacity of 180MW and the South farm having a 170MW capacity.
Installation is anticipated to commence in 2020 and will be commissioned by the end of the same year.
“We are pleased that Vattenfall has selected Siemens Gamesa for these projects,” commented Andreas Nauen, Offshore CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
“The advanced model of our proven direct drive offshore wind turbine platform and our advanced services will leverage the energy output of these lighthouse projects and help to move offshore wind into the energy mainstream in Europe.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.