Siemens wins Port of Antwerp wind contract

BELGIUM: Siemens has secured its first contract for the supply of turbines in Belgium with a 33MW order for a wind farm at the port of Antwerp.

The turbines will be installed at the port of Antwerp
The turbines will be installed at the port of Antwerp

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The German manufacturer will install 11 of its 3MW direct-drive turbines on the Wind aan de Stroom project being developed by a partnership between Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen, Maatschappij Linkerscheldeoever and GEHA.

The development will be constructed on the left bank of the Schelde river in Antwerp harbour. Siemens said that the site offers challenges in that the turbines will have to be installed on "tight sites due to a high density of industrial and harbour operations".

The turbines will be mounted on 115-metre towers. Ten of them will be fitted with 113-metre rotors, while one turbine will be equipped with a 101-metre rotor due to "specific site conditions".

Delivery of components is set to begin in early 2015, while installation of the turbines is scheduled for summer 2015. The contract includes an operations and maintenance agreement covering the wind farm for 15 years.

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