Final hurdle cleared for Europe’s largest offshore wind turbinesStaff writer ▼ | April 29, 2016
Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán confirmed that ScottishPower Renewables has concluded a major deal with Siemens, which will see 102 wind turbines supplied for the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm.
Energy ScottishPower Renewables concluded a major deal with Siemens
The agreement comes on the same day that the Low Carbon Contracts Company confirmed that Contract for Difference (CfD) milestones have been fulfilled, ensuring that East Anglia ONE will be the best value offshore windfarm to go in to construction anywhere in the world.
East Anglia ONE will utilise 102 turbines, each with a capacity of 7 megawatts (MW), which in total will power more than 500,000 homes every year*. With the CfD milestones achieved and confirmed by the Low Carbon Contracts Company, the project will be delivered at a price of £119/MWh, a cost reduction of 20% compared to other offshore wind farms that have been built in the UK.
The 75 metre long turbine blades are planned to be fabricated in Siemens’ new factory in Hull, and £5 million is set to be invested in Great Yarmouth Harbour, which will act as the pre-assembly port for the installation of the turbines.
The turbine agreement is the largest individual contract placed as part of the £2.5 billion project, and will help to support many of the 3,000 jobs that the project aims to create during construction.
East Anglia ONE will see 102 wind turbines installed in the southern North Sea, approx. 30 miles off the coast. The overall investment will be in the region of £2.5 billion, and the project is planned to meet the annual electricity demands of the equivalent of 500,000 homes.
Construction is planned to commence in 2017, with the first turbines installed by 2019, and hopes that the project will be fully operational during 2020. ■