Siemens to supply wind turbines for Cape Wind offshore wind farm

Siemens will supply its 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines to the Cape Wind project, will be located just off the coat of Massachusetts in the U.S.

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Siemens (Munich, Germany) and Cape Wind (Boston, Mass., USA) reported on Dec. 23 that they have signed a major contract in which Siemens will supply Cape Wind its 3.6­-MW offshore wind turbines, an offshore electric service platform (ESP) and a service agreement for the first 15 years of commercial operations. Cape Wind is an offshore wind farm located off the coast of Massachusetts in the U.S.

Siemens will fabricate, install and commission its 3.6­-MW offshore wind turbines for Cape Wind. The Siemens 3.6­-MW offshore turbine has been the workhorse of the global offshore wind industry and has had an unparalleled track record on performance and reliability. It has been the leading turbine used at existing offshore wind farms and it is going to be used in at least eight other offshore wind farms currently under construction or approaching construction.

“As the global leader in offshore wind power, Siemens is extremely pleased to be the supplier for America’s first­ever offshore wind farm,” says Randy Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy Inc. “We look forward to providing our world­class technology, global project experience and industry knowledge to this landmark project.”

Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind, says, "The completion and execution of the contracts between Cape Wind and Siemens brings the experience and financial strength of the leading global offshore wind supplier into America's first offshore wind farm ensuring important energy, environmental and economic benefits for Massachusetts and the region."

Siemens is also providing Cape Wind with a long-­term maintenance program for the wind turbines and ESP for a period of 15 years. Siemens will hire locally to fill the majority of its operations and maintenance positions at Cape Wind’s future service headquarters on Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod.

"This is a significant milestone for this project and we're excited about it," said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. "Massachusetts will be a pioneer in the emerging offshore wind industry, which brings with it both clean energy and good jobs."