SGRE turbines earmarked for zero-subsidy Dutch offshore wind farm

Siemens Gamesa and Shell-led consortium are inches away from closing a deal to supply turbines for the 759MW Hollandse Kust Noord project

The Borssele 1&2 site in Dutch waters uses SGRE 8ME turbines (pic: Ørsted)
The Borssele 1&2 site in Dutch waters uses SGRE 8ME turbines (pic: Ørsted)

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Announced today (11 February), SGRE is finalising a deal  with CrossWind – a joint venture between oil major Shell (79.9%) and gas firm Eneco (20.1%) – to supply its 11MW offshore turbines.

The contract conditions to supply the 759MW Hollandse Kust Noord Hollandse Kust Noord (759MW) Offshoreoff Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, Europe Click to see full details offshore wind project are planned to be met in the coming months, which will see the contract “converted” into a firm order, Siemens Gamesa has confirmed. 

Under the deal, SGRE will deliver 69 SG 11.0-200 DD offshore wind turbines with a 15-year service agreement.

Shell New Energies and Eneco’s subsidy-free 759MW Hollandse Kust Noord wind farm is being built in Dutch waters and is expected to come online in 2023. This month, the developers confirmed they would be supplying Amazon with 380MW of power from the project.

In a statement, CrossWind’s CEO Tjalling de Bruin said: “With contracts in place, final investment decision taken and turbines instated with the latest technologies, we will be able to deliver clean energy by 2023.”

According to SGRE, the project’s 11MW turbine provides “a high degree of reliability in demanding offshore wind projects from its strong performance, swift time-to-market and low risk”. 

The annual energy production of the turbine shows a 9% increase compared with the SG 10.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine, thanks to its 200-metre diameter rotor featuring the 97-metre long Siemens Gamesa B97 integral blade. 

Marc Becker the CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore business unit, said his company was helping drive the “green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic". 

“We’re happy to lend our expertise in offshore wind and help the Netherlands achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions from their energy supply by 2050. On an even more local level, the long-term service agreement ensures direct economic benefits for years to come,” he added in a statement.

The Dutch government is aiming for a minimum of 55% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2030. To achieve this, the country is planning to build six offshore wind zones up to 2030 – three have already been awarded.

Once construction is complete, Siemens Gamesa’s said its offshore wind turbines will be installed at all three awarded zones of 1500MW Hollandse Kust Zuid Hollandse Kust Zuid (1500MW) OffshoreNetherlands, Europe Click to see full details, Hollandse Kust Noord and co-installed at Borssele – 752MW Borssele I & II Borssele I & II (752MW) Offshoreoff Zeeland, Netherlands, Europe Click to see full details, 731.5MW Borssele III & IV Borssele III & IV (731.5MW) Offshoreoff Zeeland, Netherlands, Europe Click to see full details and 19MW Borssele V Borssele V (19MW) Offshoreoff Zeeland, Zeeland, Netherlands, Europe Click to see full details.

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