Siemens takes £101m UK offshore substation order

UK: Siemens has won a £101million order to connect the 270MW Lincs offshore wind farm to the grid.

The wind farm is due to start producing power in 2012. It is located 8 miles off the east coast of the England, near Skegness, Lincolnshire.

Siemens will be supplying a substation equipped with two 240MVA transformers as well as 132KV high-voltage and 33KV medium-voltage switchgear. A 400KV grid feed-in point is located at Walpole, Kings Lynn.

Additionally an onshore substation is to be built, which will include two 300MVA power transformers. Nexans will supply the medium voltage submarine array cables.

Speaking about the deal, Siemens Power Transmission Division CEO Udo Niehage said: "In the UK, Siemens is the leading provider of integrated grid connection solutions for renewable energy, connecting 75% of the UK’s offshore wind farms to the grid. Our current projects will provide over 2.2GW of energy to homes and businesses across the UK."

Siemens Project Ventures is also a part-owner of Lincs. It formed a joint-venture with Dong to buy a 50% equity stake from Centrica for £50million. Dong and Siemens' stake represents a total £375million capital investment in the £750million project.