Siemens has received an order for the supply, installation, and commissioning of 60 direct-drive offshore wind turbines, each with a capacity of 6MW. The customer for the project is a consortium between the German power provider E.ON, based in Essen, and Statoil. When it comes online in 2019, the Arkona offshore wind farm’s total capacity will be sufficient to supply up to 400,000 German households with ecofriendly electricity. E.ON will have responsibility for building and operating the wind farm.
The Arkona offshore wind power plant is to be erected around 35km northeast of the island of Rügen. Over an area of approximately 40sq km, 60 wind turbines will be erected on monopile foundations in ocean depths of between 23-37m. Installation of the offshore wind turbines will begin in the summer of 2018. A team consisting of service technicians from Siemens and E.ON will be responsible for servicing and maintenance of the wind farm for an initial period of two years. This service agreement also includes round-the-clock remote monitoring of the wind turbines from the Siemens Remote Diagnostics Center in Brande, Denmark.
"This is the first order for our large direct-drive offshore wind turbines for a project in the Baltic Sea," stated Michael Hannibal, offshore CEO of the Siemens wind power and renewables division. "This is also the second offshore wind farm that we will be erecting for E.ON in German waters."
Siemens has already supplied 80 wind turbines for the E.ON project Amrumbank West in the German North Sea. In December 2015, Siemens announced that it would deliver five 6MW wind turbines to Statoil's Hywind Scotlandproject.
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