Siemens Gamesa made public yesterday that it has been named “preferred supplier” by the electricity company RWE for the supply of one thousand megawatts (1,000 MW) in the Thor offshore wind project, located in Denmark, and that, once it starts up, it will become the largest offshore park in the country. The company will install 72 wind turbines of its most powerful model, the SG 14-236 DD. The agreement reached with RWE – which also includes the maintenance of the project – is subject to the final investment decision of the electric company. According to the manufacturer, executives from RWE and Siemens Gamesa met this week in Østerild (Denmark), where the first prototype of the SG 14-236 DD wind turbine is being installed, and highlighted “the enormous importance of this contract, which reflects the commitment of both companies to the supply of clean energy in Denmark”.
Sven Utermöhlen, CEO of RWE’s Offshore Wind division: “With Thor, we will make a significant contribution to Denmark’s ambitious climate goals. To successfully carry out this offshore project, our experience of more than 20 years in offshore wind energy is key, as well as having a supplier like Siemens Gamesa, committed to working closely with the Danish supply chain. We want to be one of the main drivers of offshore wind energy in Denmark”
Marc Becker, Executive Director of the Offshore business of Siemens Gamesa: “We are delighted to once again collaborate with RWE, with whom we have already worked on twelve offshore projects [mar adentro] in several countries, totaling more than 5,100 megawatts of capacity. The Thor project reflects our commitment to Denmark and the benefits of the country’s commitment to renewables. This government support for the wind industry is critical to our future success.”
The thousand megawatts of power from the Thor park (capacity equivalent to that of the Cofrentes nuclear power plant, for example) will be distributed among the 72 Siemens Gamesa machines, which RWE plans to locate in a location located in the Danish North Sea, some 22 kilometers from Thorsminde, in the west of the country. Installation of the turbines is scheduled to start in 2026 from the Danish port of Esbjerg. Both RWE and Siemens Gamesa plan to use local labor during construction and commissioning of the project, both in port and at sea.
The SG 14-236 DD model to be installed in this park is the most powerful wind turbine in the Siemens Gamesa portfolio. The new wind turbine is equipped with a 236 meter diameter rotor and will use 115 meter long blades. Its swept area of 43,500 square meters allows an increase of 30% – reports Siemens – in annual energy production compared to the previous model, the SG 11.0-200 DD. In addition, the turbine can reach 15 MW of power with the Power Boost functionality.
For the operation and maintenance of Thor, RWE will establish the service base in the port of Thorsminde. The utility informs that it will contribute to the local economy and community by creating up to 60 permanent jobs, among which there will be technicians, engineers, naval experts, as well as crew for service vessels.
SGRE expects the new service station to be fully operational from 2026. RWE plans to use this port as a base for its park operations for at least 30 years.
When it goes live at the end of 2027, Thor park -reports Siemens Gamesa– will be able to produce enough green electricity to supply more than one million Danish homes.
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