Siemens signs contract for first commercial offshore wind farm in
Third major energy project for Siemens from the US within one
Pioneering Cape Wind project to be the first utility-scale
offshore wind farm located in the US
Siemens and Cape Wind have signed a major contract for the
construction of the United States' first utility-scale offshore wind farm.
Once the contract becomes effective later next year, Siemens will supply
Cape Wind with its industry-leading 3.6-megawatt offshore wind turbines,
an offshore Electric Service Platform (ESP) and a long-term service
agreement. When fully built, Cape Wind will have a capacity of 468
megawatts. The project is situated off the Northeast coast, 20 kilometers
offshore of Nantucket, at Horseshoe Shoal in the Nantucket Sound.
Installation and commissioning is expected for 2016.
"The USA is a key market for Siemens. We are proud to be able to announce
the third big contract in the U.S. within just one week. Following the
biggest onshore wind order ever and a follow-up order for a highly
efficient and flexible gas-fired combined cycle power plant in
Pennsylvania, we've now signed a contract to provide wind turbines and
service for the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S. This shows
that wind power and natural gas do not stand opposed but rather are the
perfect fit for a sustainable energy system," said Michael Süß, member of
the Management Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens' Energy Sector.
Offshore wind in the U.S. has significant potential to supply the
coastal areas of the U.S. with clean energy. Potential offshore locations
are situated along the Southern and Northern Atlantic Coast and in the
Gulf of Mexico. A recently published Navigant study awarded by the U.S.
Department of Energy predicts that installed U.S. offshore wind power
capacity will rise in the next five years to 3.5 gigawatts.
power and energy service are part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio.
Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and
solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world's leading providers of
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's
leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions
for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power
transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of
oil and gas. In fiscal 2013 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had
revenues of EUR26.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately
EUR28.8 billion and posted a profit of approximately EUR2 billion. On
September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately
83,500. Further information is available at: http://www.siemens.com/energy
Mr. Alfons Benzinger
Siemens Energy - Wind Power Division
December 23, 2013
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