E.ON has placed an order with Siemens Energy for the supply of 90 wind turbines for the Rødsand II offshore wind farm south of the Danish island of Lolland in the Baltic Sea. With an installed capacity of 207 MW the new project will be one the largest offshore wind farms in the world.
The new Rødsand II wind farm will feature Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 93 meters each. The order includes a two-year service contract and is worth roughly EUR275 million. The wind turbines will be installed in 2010, and once completed the Rødsand II offshore farm will save the emission of around 700,000 tons of C02 per year.
“With roughly 1,800 MW of offshore wind power capacity either installed or on order, Siemens is the number one supplier of offshore wind turbines,” said René Umlauft, CEO of the Siemens Renewable Energy Division “With our proven wind turbine technology we make offshore wind power happen today. Together with E.ON we are looking forward to realizing this major Danish offshore project,” added Umlauft.
Cord Landsmann, CFO of E.ON Climate & Renewables said “We are building on the offshore experience of Rødsand I, it is a successful model which we will replicate in the construction of Rødsand II. We are fortunate to have great engineers and great technology to get the job done.”
The new project will be located 3 kilometers to the west from the existing Rødsand I offshore wind farm, which was connected to the power grid in 2003. The Rødsand I wind farm is equipped with 72 Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines and is jointly operated by E.ON and the Danish company DONG Energy.
Independent of this contract, Siemens Energy and E.ON recently announced the signing of a large framework agreement for the supply of 500 wind turbines. The machines with a total capacity of 1150 MW will be installed in onshore projects in Europe and in the U.S. in 2010 and 2011.