Swedish power company Vattenfall has extended the wind turbine supply contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for its offshore Hollandse Kust Zuid windfarm located in the Netherlands.
The two companies have agreed to extend the Hollandse Kust Zuid turbine contract to now include zone one and two in addition to three and four.
Vattenfall senior vice-president and Wind Business Area head Gunnar Groebler said: “By deploying one of the largest and most efficient turbines ever for the first subsidy-free offshore windfarm to date, Vattenfall is underlining its position as a leader in the offshore wind industry.
“It’s a major step for Vattenfall in realising its mission to enable fossil free living within one generation. Using their newest turbine variant highlights our strong and long-standing partnership with Siemens Gamesa.
“This milestone follows an intensive, open tendering process which resulted in a choice for Siemens Gamesa after they entered the most competitive bid.”
Under the terms of the extended agreement, SGRE will supply 140 units of its upgraded version of the Direct Drive offshore wind turbine SG DD-193 for the Hollandse Kust Zuid windfarm zone, which now has the ability to reach 11MW capacity.
The installation of new turbines would mean that fewer turbines will be required at the site to generate the same amount of energy while reducing the installation, operations and maintenance costs. The development of the windfarm is subject to certain conditions, including Vattenfall’s final investment decision.
Once completed, Hollandse Kust Zuid is expected to generate clean energy that will be sufficient to power up to three million households.
The partnership between Vatenfall and SGRE for the SG 10.0-193 DD offshore wind turbines for the Hollandse Kust Zuid windfarm was agreed in April 2019.