Siemens' first turbine order for UK waters

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The wind power division of Siemens Power Generation has broken the domination of Vestas in the UK offshore market. It is to supply 25 turbines to a wind project off north-west England, its first sale of offshore technology outside Danish waters. Siemens will be deploying its new 3.6 MW turbine at the 90 MW Burbo Banks wind farm in Liverpool Bay. The contract, worth over EUR 90 million, was awarded by Seascape Energy Ltd, a joint venture between Danish utility Elsam and EDF Energies Nouvelles of France, a division of French national utility EDF. Burbo Banks is one of the first round of offshore projects -- each of 30 turbines -- licensed for construction by the UK's Crown Estate. Adrian Maddox of Wind Prospect, consultants to Seascape Energy, explains that the original plan was for 30, 3 MW machines. Seascape scaled down the number to 25 to comply with the project's grid connection agreement and the planning consent which were both based on 90 MW. "This first order underscores our good market position in offshore wind and will enable us to further expand our strong presence in the UK," says Siemens' Andreas Nauen. Construction is to start in spring 2006 with completion scheduled for autumn 2007.

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