Siemens: Denmark’s largest offshore wind power plant is inaugurated
111 Siemens wind turbines with a total capacity of 400 megawatts
Clean electricity covers about four percent of Denmark’s power demand
Siemens to service for five years
The Anholt offshore wind power plant was officially inaugurated today,
September 4, 2013. For Denmark’s largest wind power project, Siemens
supplied, installed, and commissioned 111 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 megawatts (MW) and a rotor diameter of
120 meters. The owners of the wind project are the Danish utility company DONG Energy (50 percent) as well as the two pension
fund companies Pension Danmark (30 percent) and PKA (20 percent). In addition, together with DONG Energy, Siemens will handle
the wind projects’ maintenance for a period of five years. The wind power plants’ total electrical generating capacity of 400
megawatts will be sufficient to supply about 400,000 Danish households with clean electricity, thereby covering about four
percent of Denmark’s overall power demand.
The Anholt offshore wind power plant is located off Denmark’s eastern coast, about 20 kilometers northeast of the Jutland
peninsula. Over a period of less than nine months, Siemens installed all 111 wind turbines over a surface area of 88 square
kilometers in water depths of up to 19 meters. “Despite some challenging weather conditions, we have successfully executed
the Anholt offshore wind power project on schedule,” states Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power Division at Siemens’ Energy
For Siemens, Anholt is already the fifth offshore wind power plant to be formally inaugurated within just a few short
weeks. In July and August, the world’s largest offshore wind power plant – the London Array (630 MW) – as well as Britain’s Greater
Gabbard (504 MW) and Lincs (270 MW) projects officially went on online. In Germany, the first commercial offshore wind power
plant in the North Sea, Riffgat (108 MW), was officially inaugurated in August.
“Implementation of our offshore projects in Europe is running at full speed,” notes Tacke. “So far, Siemens has installed
more than 3,900 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity. Our projects are reaching the magnitude of fossil-fuel power
plants and we are making significant progress with efforts to industrialize offshore wind power, thereby further reducing the
costs of offshore wind power,” added Tacke.
Siemens is at the front of the market for offshore wind power plants, grid connections and offshore wind service. To date,
the company has installed offshore wind turbines delivering a total generating capacity of 3.9 gigawatts (GW).
Currently, Siemens has orders for offshore projects totaling a capacity of about 5 GW.
Including the Anholt wind project, Siemens has already successfully installed nine offshore wind power plants that together
offer production capacity of almost 1.1 GW. The Danish government is planning to meet one half of the country’s demand for
electricity with wind power by 2020. As of 2012, wind power already accounted for about 30 percent of that nation’s generated
electricity. Denmark’s target is to become independent of fossil fuels for electrical power generation by 2050.
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Wind power and energy service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2012, revenue from the Portfolio
totaled about €33 billion, making Siemens one of the world’s largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same
period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 330 million
tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore
Source: Eva-Maria Baumann, Siemens AG
Sept. 4, 2013
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