Siemens to supply wind turbines for Baltic sea project
Siemens has received an order for the supply, installation and commissioning of 60 direct-drive offshore wind turbines from a consortium between the German power provider E.ON based in Essen, and the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil headquartered in Stavanger.
The Arkona offshore wind farm’s total capacity, when it comes online in 2019, will be sufficient to supply up to 400,000 German households with electricity. Installation will begin in the summer of 2018.
Michael Hannibal, Offshore CEO of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, said: "This is the first order for our large direct-drive offshore wind turbines for a project in the Baltic Sea. This is also the second offshore wind farm that we will be erecting for E.ON in German waters. We are pleased that E.ON and Statoil have once again chosen one of our offshore wind turbines for a new offshore wind power plant so we can continue our very good partnership with these two companies."
The Arkona offshore wind power plant is to be erected around 35 kilometers north-east of the island of Rügen. Over an area of approximately 40 square kilometers, 60 wind turbines will be erected on monopile foundations in ocean depths of between 23 to 37 meters.
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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).
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