SGRE 5.X orders hit 1GW in 18 months

Siemens Gamesa secures its largest yet 5.X deal in the Nordic region with a 372-MW Björnberget project in Sweden, building on wins across Europe, Brazil, Chile and Vietnam

The SGRE turbines ordered have rotors of 170 metres and will operate at up to 6.2MW

SGRE is set to supply 60 units of its SG 5.8-170 model to a consortium of Prime Capital and renewables developer Enlight Energy in a deal that includes a 15-year service agreement.

The 372MW Björnberget wind farm will be the biggest SGRE project in the Nordics. Construction is scheduled to start in 2021.

The new deal comes on the back of significant orders of the technology globally, according to the latest data collated by Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

In the Asia-Pacific region, four SGRE 5.X-powered projects have won consent in Vietnam, with a total capacity of 272MW. 

The 90MW Thái Hòa wind farm is the largest in Bình Thuan on the nation’s south-east coast.

In Central and South America, five projects with a total capacity of 692MW are now under development. The largest is the {{Tucano-9c6ad788-f168-6088-15f9-06961555b4c4}} wind farm in Brazil's Bahia state with the remaining output based in Chile.

Five projects adding up to 402.8MW in capacity have been given the green light in Europe, three in Sweden two in Denmark.

Andreas Nauen, Siemens Gamesa CEO, said: “This deal shows the trust that both long-standing, as well as new customers, have in the Siemens Gamesa 5.X technology, which is leading the Nordics market thanks to its unmatched reliability and competitiveness."

The 60 SG 5.8-170 units at Björnberget will operate at up to 6.2MW.

Dr. Mathias Bimberg, head of infrastructure at Prime Capital said: “The partnership with Siemens Gamesa, access to their latest technology and our focus on optimising layouts for maximum production and minimal construction costs, will enable us to realise this project at a very competitive levelised cost of energy, and hence attractive risk-adjusted returns for our investors.”

The project involves the first investment of the Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund (PGEIF), which was established to invest in large scale wind assets in the Nordic countries.