Written by Phil Allan - 27/04/2016 11:49 am
Germany’s Siemens has won a £833million five-year deal to build and service wind turbines for Scottish Power’s East Anglia ONE project off the eastern coast of England.
The agreement is believed to be Europe’s largest wind turbine contract for a single project. The contract, including a five-year service agreement, will be worth up to one-third of the overall £2.5billion project investment.
The deal will help to support many of the 3,000 jobs that the project aims to create during construction.
It will have 102 turbines each capable of generating 7 megawatts of electricity said Scottish Power, which is owned by Spain’s Iberdrola.
The 75 metre long turbine blades are planned to be fabricated in Siemens’ new factory in Hull, and £5 million is set to be invested in Great Yarmouth Harbour, which will act as the pre-assembly port for the installation of the turbines.
Scottish Power plans to start building the 715-megawatt East Anglia ONE wind farm off the coast of Norfolk in 2017, with the turbines set for installation by 2019 and the wind farm operational by 2020.
When completed the East Anglia ONE project is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 500,000 homes.
Scottish Power has secured a guaranteed price for the electricity produced at the wind farm of 119 pounds/megawatt hour (MWh) under the government’s contracts-for-difference scheme to incentives low-carbon power production.