Erlangen, Germany [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Siemens Power Generation (PG) will supply 25 offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 90 megawatts (MW) to the Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm off the Wales coast. Purchaser is RWE npower plc, the UK arm of RWE AG.
Siemens PG will install and commission 25 of its 3.6-megawatt (MW) turbines and will also assume responsibility for service and maintenance for an initial period of five years.
Once operational, expected by mid 2009, Rhyl Flats, along with its neighbor North Hoyle, will produce enough clean electricity to meet the needs of more than 100,000 homes.
The Rhyl Flats project is located west of the Burbo Offshore Wind Farm, where Siemens has just finished erecting another 25 wind turbines, also with a capacity of 3.6 MW each. Following commissioning and connection to the power grid, the Burbo project will start commercial operation by the end of this year.
“Offshore wind farms can make a real contribution to the UK’s renewable electricity targets and we want to see more of them,” said Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister for Energy at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
“We backed Rhyl Flats with a £10 million capital grant and we set out measures in the recent Energy White Paper that will provide even more support to developers through the Renewables Obligation,” said Wicks.