Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have signed an agreement for the supply of 94 8-MW offshore wind turbines (752 MW) at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm being developed in Dutch waters. The contract additionally includes maintenance of the wind turbines. The offshore wind farm will be located 22 bkm from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland with a water depth of 14-38m and will cover an area of 128.3 km2. The nacelles for this project will be assembled in Siemens Gamesa’s new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany. The blades for the Borssele 1 and 2 projects will be produced in Hull, England.
The 8-MW wind turbine is based on the existing Siemens Gamesa offshore direct drive platform which has an excellent track record. More than 200 direct drive wind turbines in the 6-8- MW-class have already been installed and commissioned in offshore wind farms.
The energy production of one Siemens Gamesa 8-MW wind turbine is sufficient to supply about 8,000 European households with electricity. The power supplied by the 752-MW Borssele 1 and 2 project will be sufficient to cover the annual electricity consumption of one million households.
Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have collaborated on several offshore wind farms including London Array, West of Duddon Sands and Westermost Rough in the United Kingdom, the Anholt project in Denmark, as well as Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Gode Wind 1 and 2 in German waters.
The advanced model of Gamesa Siemens’ proven direct drive offshore wind turbine platform and its advanced services will leverage the energy output of this lighthouse project and help to move offshore wind into the energy mainstream in Europe.