Vattenfall places 900MW-plus order for new Siemens Gamesa turbine

DENMARK: Vattenfall's Kriegers Flak and Vesterhav offshore projects will be powered by the new turbine unveiled by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) at the WindEurope 2017 conference in Amsterdam.

SGRE's 8MW direct-drive turbine will power Vattenfall's Kriegers Flak project in the Baltic Sea

The developer has ordered 72 SG-8.0-167 DD turbines for the Kriegers Flak project in Denmark's Baltic Sea, which it won the rights to develop with a winning bid of €49.9/MWh in November 2016.

The 350MW Vesterhav South and North developments in the North Sea, for which Vattenfall bid €63.8/MWh, will be equipped with 41 of the upgraded SGRE turbines. They are scheduled for commissioning in 2020, with Kriegers Flak following in 2022.

"The order is proof of Vattenfall’s commitment to a fossil-free future and in ensuring climate-smart energy solutions," said Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s head of wind.

SGRE's direct-drive turbine will be available with a power-mode option to take it up to 9MW, and features new, longer blades for a class-leading rotor diameter of 167 metres.