Siemens hails extended-scope order for 497-MW Hohe See

Siemens' 7-MW offshore wind turbine. Source: Siemens AG. www.siemens.com/press

Feb 17 (Renewables Now) - Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) said today the 497-MW EnBW Hohe See scheme in Germany will be its first offshore wind project with extended scope, including foundations besides the provision of turbines.

The announcement followed confirmation by the wind farm's developer, German utility EnBW (ETR:EBK), that a final investment decision has been made for the project. Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge Inc (TSE:ENB) is taking a 49.9% stake.

Siemens Wind Power will install 71 units of its SWT-7.0-154 turbine, rated at 7 MW, at Hohe See. The turbines will be made at Siemens' new nacelle factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, starting in the middle of 2018. They will be shipped to the project harbour in early 2019. The blades will be made in Hull, UK, and Aalborg, Denmark.

Siemens started developing a monopile design for the project's foundations last year. It is partnering with logistics company GeoSea, part of Deme Group, which will deliver the foundations including monopiles and transition pieces. The German group said that the integrated design and installation approach, including turbines, towers, transition pieces and foundations, provides investors with confidence about the financing and completion of the project.

Installation of the wind park will begin in early 2018, with commissioning scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. The facility will be built in the North Sea, 90 km (56 miles) north of the German island of Borkum. It will be connected to the grid through the BorWin 3 high-voltage direct current (DC) link and the BorWin Gamma converter platform that  Siemens will install for grid operator Tennet.

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