Anders Eldrup, Chief Executive Officer at DONG Energy calls the agreement a “quantum leap” in streamlining the construction of such projects.
“Entering into the largest single offshore wind turbine supply agreement ever further strengthens DONG Energy’s leading position in this field and provides us with an important tool for implementing our strategy of significantly expanding DONG Energy's position within sustainable energy,” he says.
The wind turbines Siemens will deliver under the supply agreement have a capacity of 3.6 MW, similar to the turbines in operation at DONG Energy’s Burbo Banks offshore windfarm and those being installed at DONG Energy’s Gunfleet Sands I+II project.
CEO of the Renewable Energy Division of Siemens Energy, René Umlauft, says: “With this agreement the cooperation between DONG Energy and Siemens is taken to the next level. Together we have taken a big step towards ‘industrialization’ of the offshore wind business which is one of the fastest growing renewable energy technologies.”
DONG Energy and Siemens have a history of working together on offshore wind energy projects. In 1991 the two companies constructed the world’s first offshore windfarm at Vindeby in Denmark and have since worked on several offshore projects including, Middelgrunden near Copenhagen, Denmark; Nysted in Southern Denmark, Burbo Bank in Liverpool Bay, UK; and the soon to be installed Gunfleet Sands I+II, UK, and Horns Rev 2, Denmark.