Siemens Gamesa has announced it will install 54 units of its SG 8.0-167 DD platform at Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind power project, thereby reducing the number of turbines required by half while enabling the same generating capacity.
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Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) (meaning “Strength of the Wind”) is being developed by EDF Renewables with start of construction expected in 2022 and commencement of operations in 2023. SG 8.0-167 DD offshore turbines incorporate a 167-metre rotor diameter and 208-metre tip height. The project will take the number of DD offshore turbines sold by SGRE worldwide comfortably beyond 2,000. The project continues a partnership with EDF Renewables that began with the Round 1 development of Teesside wind park in 2011.
The 448 MW offshore wind power plant is located 20 kilometres from the east coast of Scotland, and close to the Port of Dundee where pre-assembly work will take place. This project will use 81 metre-long B81 blades produced on the re-modelled production lines of the SGRE factory in Hull.
The turbines provide additional capacity through fewer turbines, compared with the original consent given for the project for 75 turbines. When fully operational, it will generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually.
“Receiving the firm order for the Neart na Gaoithe project from EDF Renewables UK is excellent news for Siemens Gamesa” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “We’re fully prepared to deliver our reliable SGRE offshore Direct Drive technology, and to doing our part to deliver clean energy to approximately 375,000 Scottish households when the project is in operation”.
The order comes in a year which saw the UK register a three-month period where renewable energy was the leading source of energy, outstripping fossil fuels for the first time. Additionally, over half of Scotland’s energy consumption in 2019 was provided by renewable energy, while record-low prices were also recorded for clean energy, falling to just £39.50 per MW/h.