Canada & Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Siemens Energy has received an order for 43 of its 2.3-megawatt (MW) SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for the Greenwich wind energy project near Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The order was place by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Canada Inc. Once completed, the wind farm will have an installed capacity of about 100 megawatts (MW). Siemens will begin installation of the 43 wind turbines in June 2011.
In November 2009, Siemens was also contracted to supply 43 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for RES Canada’s Talbot wind energy project near Chatham, Ontario. The scope for both wind energy plants includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, and a five-year service, maintenance and warranty agreement.
“Five wind turbine orders totaling nearly 600 MW received in Canada over the last six months clearly demonstrate the success we’ve experienced,” said Jan Kjaersgaard, vice president and general manager of Siemens Energy’s Americas wind business. “Including the two Canadian wind farms commissioned in 2008, Siemens wind turbines have the potential to provide clean power to approximately 240,000 Canadian households.”
Siemens Energy has also been contracted by EWE AG and ENOVA GmbH to supply 30 wind turbines for the Riffgat offshore wind farm in the North Sea. With a total installed capacity of 108 MW the wind farm is expected to start supplying electricity starting in late 2012. Siemens has received an order from the EWE and the ENOVA Group to supply 30 wind turbines each rated at 3.6 MW. Under the terms of the contract Siemens will install, connect and commission the wind turbines, and perform maintenance for an initial period of five years.
“Offshore wind power is now finally picking up impetus in Germany, too,” said René Umlauft, CEO of the Renewable Energy Division of Siemens Energy. “Riffgat will be one of the first commercial wind farms in German waters. Together with EWE and ENOVA we’re bringing Germany a big step forward in establishing ecofriendly, sustainable power supply.” With an installed offshore capacity of more than 1000 MW and an order backlog totaling another 3000 MW Siemens is the leading supplier of offshore wind turbines. Including onshore projects Siemens’ order backlog for wind turbines totals more than seven billion euros.
The Riffgat wind farm will be erected 15 kilometers northwest of the north Frisian island of Borkum. Initial civil works on the six square-kilometer site are scheduled to commence next year. The preliminary license for the Riffgat offshore wind farm has been issued. EWE and ENOVA have filed an application for a construction permit and operating license for Riffgat and are anticipating approvals in the second half of this year.