German industrial group Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) on Wednesday said it received its first order for the new 7 MW offshore wind turbine with 47 units going to a project of Danish utility Dong Energy A/S.
As part of a frame agreement concluded between Dong Energy and Siemens in 2012, the German company will supply, install and commission 47 direct drive wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 154 meters at the Walney Extension East project in the Irish Sea.
Service for the plant will be provided jointly by Siemens and Dong Energy for a period of five years.
Walney Extension East will be erected off the British west coast in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometers from shore, neighbouring the Walney 1 and 2 offshore wind farms, each equipped with 51 Siemens turbines with a capacity of 3.6 MW each.
Installation of the turbines is expected to start at the beginning of 2018 and once complete, Walney Extension East will produce enough power to supply more than 230,000 British homes with clean energy.
Siemens has already installed more than 5.8 GW of offshore wind power capacity worldwide, with 2 GW commissioned in the last fiscal year alone.