20th July 2012
Denmark’s DONG Energy has signed a deal with Germany’s Siemens Energy to purchase 300 giant offshore wind turbines with an individual capacity of 6 megawatt, giving a total capacity of 1,800 megawatt which will be used for DONG’s offshore wind farms across the UK. The deal marks a leap forward in efforts to set up ever larger units out at sea to boost renewable power output.
Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen, Acting CEO of DONG Energy said in an official statement, ”The agreement will enable DONG Energy to install a significantly larger turbine from 2014 compared to the turbines, we know today. The agreement is a key element of DONG Energy’s strategy to significantly expand offshore wind and will strengthen our position as market leader in the offshore area. The agreement on the supply of the new turbines totalling 1,800 megawatt is an important step for the growing wind industry and will help make offshore wind more competitive.”
Both firms have a working track record; in March 2009 they had an agreement for 500 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of up to 1,800 megawatt. “The supply agreement was the world’s largest of its kind and the parties thus took a big step towards industrialisation of the offshore wind sector.” Dong said in a statement.
This deal will support Siemens Energy to optimise production of its 6 megawatt offshore wind turbine and will also help strengthen its market position as supplier of wind turbines for the offshore industry. “Offshore wind energy has huge potential,” said Michael Suess, member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG and CEO of the Energy Sector.