Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been awarded a 112MW wind farm, EnBW Albatros, in addition to their previously awarded 497MW Hohe See offshore wind power-plant. Both projects will be installed starting in Spring 2018 and located in the German North Sea, about 90km north of Borkum Island with water depths of up to 40m.
The project will be composed of 16 direct-drive SWT-7.0-154 wind turbines and grid connection through Siemens Offshore Transformer Module (OTM). Siemens will also provide service and maintenance for the wind turbines over five years.
According to the press release, ‘EnBW Albatros is the first German offshore wind power plant that Siemens will supply as a full-scope project. Furthermore, it includes the entry of the compact Siemens OTM in the German market. Thanks to focusing on key electrical components and cutting auxiliary systems, it allows a reduction in weight and size of more than 30 percent compared to a conventional AC substation. Further cost out is achieved by using the same foundation type for the OTM as for the turbines. The ultra-compact design of the platform not only reduces installation costs due to its low weight, but also reduces service and maintenance efforts.’
CEO Offshore of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal said, “EnBW Albatros allows us to demonstrate our broad competence in offshore projects, ranging from project specific engineering services and the beneficial combination of power generation and transmission technology to service and maintenance concepts”
“This project has a high relevance for us since we will turn the 112-megawatt wind power plant into a highly profitable investment for our customer via cutting edge technology and smart details.”