Texas, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] E.ON has placed an order with Siemens Energy for the supply of 87 of its SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for the Papalote Creek II wind power plant in San Patricio County, Texas. The project will have a total installed rated capacity of more than 200 megawatts (MW).
Under the contract, Siemens will deliver the turbines with a rated capacity of 2.3 MW each. With a diameter of 101 meters, the rotor of the new SWT-2.3-101 has a swept area of 8,000 square meters, which equals one-and-a-half football fields.
Delivery is expected to begin in May 2010 and the wind farm is expected to be commissioned in the fall of 2010. Siemens also will provide service and maintenance for two years.
“With this new project, E.ON and Siemens continue their great partnership in the wind power business,” said René Umlauft, CEO of the Siemens Renewable Energy Division. “The long-term outlook for the wind industry is still strong. Siemens intends to significantly outpace the global market growth of 12 percent to become one of the top three providers,” added Umlauft. Siemens is already one of the top three wind turbine suppliers in the U.S.
E.ON and Siemens have partnered on several U.S. wind farm projects in the past. Siemens supplied 54 2.3-MW units for E.ON’s Forest Creek wind farm near Big Spring, Texas, in 2006 and 55 2.3-MW wind turbines for the Champion wind farm in Nolan County, Texas, in 2007.