Danish power company Ørsted has conditionally selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) as the turbine supplier for its 1.1GW offshore wind projects in the German North Sea.

The contract is dependent on some conditions, including Ørsted’s final investment decision and approval from the German authorities.

If the contract is awarded, SGRE will supply its SG 11.0-200 DD offshore wind turbines for the 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 and the 242MW Gode Wind 3 projects.

Siemens Gamesa offshore business unit CEO Andreas Nauen said: “In this new decade, we need to translate social and political ambition into tangible action and change.

“As a global leader in renewable energy, we are committed to helping Germany move towards a competitive decarbonisation, thanks to the implementation of our most advanced technologies.

“We are glad to do so together with global market leader Ørsted, and to deploy our new Direct Drive offshore turbine with a 200m rotor at the same time.”

The contract includes a five-year service and maintenance agreement. The number of turbines required at both sites is yet to be determined.

The Danish company anticipates the installation of wind turbines at Gode Wind 3 to begin in 2023, with commissioning in 2024.

Installation works at the Borkum Riffgrund 3 site are expected to commence in 2024, with commissioning in 2025.

Once operational, the two wind facilities will power 1.2 million German households, while offsetting nearly 3.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

Ørsted Offshore executive vice-president and CEO Martin Neubert said: “Driving innovation is at the core of Ørsted’s DNA, and we look forward to once again introducing new turbine technology to the market.

“Subject to our final investment decision, we will install the new turbine on two German projects, including Borkum Riffgrund 3, which will be the biggest offshore wind power plant yet in German waters, adding to the more than 1.3GW offshore wind we have already installed in Germany.”