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November 8, 2021

Vattenfall selects Siemens Gamesa for Norfolk offshore projects

Siemens Gamesa has also signed a multi-year service agreement with Vattenfall for the projects.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has nominated Siemens Gamesa as the preferred supplier for two 1.8GW offshore wind power projects in Norfolk, UK.

Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens Gamesa is expected to deploy its SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbines at the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects.

The turbine is equipped with a 236m-wide rotor using Siemens Gamesa IntegralBlades and has a swept area of around 43,500m².

This feature allows the SG 14-236 DD to produce 30% more energy than the company’s SG 11.0-200 DD offshore wind turbines.

The Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects will have a combined capacity of 3.6GW.

Siemens Gamesa Offshore business unit CEO Marc Becker said: “The Siemens Gamesa – Vattenfall partnership has been fruitful for a great number of years across numerous markets.

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“With this Nominated Preferred Supplier agreement for the Norfolk projects, we aim to add another 3.6GW to our joint portfolio.

“Developing an even larger rotor for our flagship offshore wind turbine is an example of how we are always seeking to innovate and improve.

“We can increase blade length and incorporate the solution on our existing design.”

Siemens Gamesa has also signed a multi-year service agreement with Vattenfall for this project.

The nominated preferred supplier agreement is subject to the UK Government’s Contract for Difference (CfD) Round Four auction, which is scheduled for next year, as well as the final investment decision by Vattenfall.

Vattenfall Offshore business unit head Catrin Jung said: “We’re very pleased to be able to announce Siemens Gamesa as the Nominated Preferred Supplier for Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas.

“We want to accelerate fossil-free living in an affordable way for our customers, and we are always aiming for the right partners to make this happen.”

In February, Vattenfall selected Aker Solutions, in a consortium with Siemens Energy, as the project’s preferred bidder.

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