DONG, Siemens sign major offshore wind farm agreement

The North Sea project involves installation of 500 3.6-MW turbines for total capacity of more than 1,800 MW.

DONG Energy (Fredericia, Denmark) and the Siemens Energy Sector announced on March 6 that they have signed an agreement for the supply of up to 500 offshore wind turbines. The wind turbines to be delivered under the supply agreement have total capacity of up to 1,800 MW and will be deployed in DONG Energy’s coming offshore wind farms in Northern Europe. Permitting procedures and country specific wind regime economics will determine where and when the individual projects will be built.

“Siemens and DONG Energy have a history of successful cooperation in relation to construction and operation of offshore wind projects. With this agreement the parties are jointly taking a quantum leap towards further streamlining the construction of projects of this kind,” says Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy. “DONG Energy has built approximately half of all offshore wind farms in operation in the world today. Entering into the largest single offshore wind turbine supply agreement ever further strengthens DONG Energy’s leading position in this field and provides us with an important tool for implementing our strategy of significantly expanding DONG Energy's position within sustainable energy.”
 
The wind turbines which Siemens will deliver under the supply agreement each will have a capacity of 3.6 MW similar to the turbines in operation at DONG Energy’s Burbo Banks offshore wind farm and those being installed at DONG Energy’s Gunfleet Sands I+II project.

The agreement provides Siemens the opportunity to further optimize its production of wind turbines for offshore projects and to retain its position as market leader in the supply of wind turbines for the offshore sector.

“The agreement with DONG Energy is one of the biggest orders in the history of Siemens,” said René Umlauft, CEO of the Renewable Energy Division of Siemens Energy. “With this agreement we are taking the cooperation between DONG Energy and Siemens to the next level. Together we have taken a big step towards “industrialization” of the offshore wind business which is one of the fastest growing renewable energy technologies.”