Iberdrola has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as preferred bidder to supply and install the turbines for the offshore windfarms in ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia Hub
The East Anglia Hub – comprising three separate windfarms – will build on the success of the East Anglia ONE project. Hub projects have the potential to deliver more than 7.5% of the UK’s 40-GW target for offshore wind generation by 2030.
Iberdrola’s ScottishPower Renewables and Siemens Gamesa have agreed to work together ahead of the next contracts for difference (CfD) auction – scheduled for later in 2021 – to optimise the projects, with the ambition of then signing turbine supply and installation agreements.
More than 200 next-generation 14+ MW turbines are planned for the East Anglia ONE North, TWO and THREE projects in the southern North Sea, collectively known as the East Anglia Hub.
Iberdrola said selecting a preferred bidder at such an early stage in the development of the Hub projects creates the opportunity to develop the turbine design and the Hub programme hand in hand, which will help achieve further efficiencies and maximise local supply chain opportunities.
The potential supply and installation of the East Anglia Hub turbines by Siemens Gamesa would enable ScottishPower Renewables to build on the achievements of East Anglia ONE in terms of jobs and UK supply chain content.
East Anglia ONE supported almost 3,500 jobs at the peak of construction and delivered 100 long-term skilled jobs, with more than half the supply chain coming from the UK market. This included manufacturing turbine blades in the UK and supporting jobs within local ports, including Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
The Hub projects would create a pipeline of investment that will support jobs and opportunities across the east of England. ScottishPower Renewables said it will continue to work closely with local authorities, groups and local colleges to maximise the potential positive outcomes for local people, building on the success of East Anglia ONE.
Iberdrola offshore managing director Jonathan Cole said, “Offshore wind is now one of the cheapest forms of renewable generation and the approach we are taking with East Anglia Hub shows just how far the industry has come and how well placed we are to deliver the government’s 40 GW target for offshore wind in the next decade.
“Taking advantage of the most innovative technology available to ensure East Anglia Hub is home to some of the biggest and most productive turbines on the market would allow us to realise even greater economies of scale, helping to deliver a cleaner and greener future for us all.
“This is a really exciting time for growing the offshore industry and, with Siemens Gamesa as our preferred bidder, we can now take our efforts to the next level, building on the investment, bespoke facilities and economic benefits we’ve already delivered to support local people and jobs to create even longer-lasting legacies that benefit people and communities across the east of England.”
Siemens Gamesa chief executive Andreas Nauen said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Iberdrola towards the next CfD auction to potentially construct another world-leading wind power plant, the East Anglia Hub, following the successful completion of the East Anglia ONE project in 2020.
“This project’s development could be significant for many reasons, including the input that it will make to both the UK’s National Grid and to employment on the east coast of England. For Siemens Gamesa, the potential deployment of our most innovative offshore wind turbine would enable us to additionally aid the UK Government’s plans for the green recovery by delivering clean energy and meaningful employment for years to come.”
The initial 1.4 GW of power to be generated through the Hub projects via East Anglia THREE has secured planning consent. Planning applications for East Anglia ONE North (800 MW) and East Anglia TWO (900 MW) are currently being examined by the UK Planning Inspectorate.
Subject to the outcome of the planning considerations, construction of the East Anglia Hub is expected to commence in 2023, with completion in 2026.