Siemens Gamesa is due to supply its 14MW turbine for the 3.1GW East Anglia Hub offshore wind complex off the UK, after being named conditional preferred supplier by developer ScottishPower.
The manufacturer is in line to provide turbines for the cluster’s three remaining projects – the 800MW East Anglia ONE North East Anglia ONE North (800MW) Offshoreoff Suffolk, England, UK, Europe Click to see full details, 900MW East Anglia TWO East Anglia TWO (900MW) Offshoreoff Suffolk, England, UK, Europe Click to see full details and 1400MW East Anglia THREE East Anglia THREE (1400MW) Offshoreoff Suffolk, UK, Europe Click to see full details projects.
It will supply 200 turbines for the complex if Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower is successful in an upcoming tender.
With the latest deal, it has now signed tentative agreements to supply more than 7.4GW of the SG 14.0-222 DD turbine. Siemens Gamesa had previously announced deals in Taiwan, the UK and the US.
ScottishPower secured an offtake deal for the first phase of the project – 714MW East Anglia ONE East Anglia ONE (714MW) Offshoreoff Suffolk, England, UK, Europe Click to see full details – in the UK’s first contract for difference (CfD) tender in 2015 and commissioned it last year.
It intends to enter the second and third phases of the cluster in the UK’s next CfD auction later this year, and to deliver the three projects as a single 3.1GW development.
Iberdrola’s director for offshore wind, Jonathan Cole, explained this approach would enable greater economies of scale. The company added that this would also shorten construction and commissioning times.
With a combined 3.1GW capacity, the three East Anglia Hub projects could account for 7.5% of the UK’s 40GW offshore wind targets for 2030.
The UK Planning Inspectorate – the UK’s permitting body – is currently reviewing planning approval and planning applications for the 800MW and 900MW phases, and has already awarded these permits for the 1.4GW phase.
Iberdrola expects to begin construction in 2023 and commission the projects in 2026.