Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been awarded a conditional contract for the largest order for offshore wind turbines in the US market
The conditional contract for 1.7 GW of turbines was awarded by Ørsted and Eversource, and is for three offshore wind power projects in northeastern US: the 880-MW Sunrise Wind, 704-MW Revolution Wind and 130-MW South Fork projects.
The deal will see the company supply its SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines and also includes a service agreement. The projects are expected to come online between 2022-2024, subject to a final investment decision.
Ørsted and Eversource’s Sunrise Wind project is in the waters off Massachusetts and Rhode Island, about 48 km from Montauk Point.
The 704-MW Revolution Wind project is 24 km miles off the coast of Rhode Island. It is expected to be online by 2023. Once operational, Revolution Wind will deliver power to Rhode Island and Connecticut.
The 130-MW South Fork offshore wind project is 56 km off Long Island, New York. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2022 and will deliver power to the Long Island Power Authority.
Siemens Gamesa offshore business unit chief executive Andreas Nauen said, “An order of this size is a testament to the confidence which Ørsted and Eversource place in Siemens Gamesa.”
Ørsted executive vice president EPC Anders Lindberg said, “We had already secured a US construction pipeline of almost 1 GW by the end of 2018 and have been looking into further growth in the US offshore wind market. We saw an opportunity to secure a bigger turbine volume early to gain economies of scale, and Siemens Gamesa was able to provide an attractive offer for this large volume.”
Siemens Gamesa head of offshore North America Steve Dayney said, “Siemens Gamesa has long been the global market leader in offshore wind with 12.5 GW installed. This major order signals that we are well positioned to maintain this leadership role in the US market. We have always believed in the potential of this market.”