Siemens has secured a contract from Swedish power firm Vattenfall to supply turbines for 228MW Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in South Wales, UK.
As per the deal, Siemens will supply and install 76 of its SWT 3.0 direct drive turbines at the wind farm, which will be located in the coastal mountain range between the harbour city of Port Talbot and the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The UK Government has recently approved the construction of the wind farm, which will generate enough electricity for around 140,000 homes.
Construction is expected to start in 2014, with first power scheduled to be generated for the National Grid in late-2016.
Following commissioning, Siemens will also provide maintenance services for the wind farm for five years.
Vattenfall said it will invest £400m in the wind farm and also spend £1.8m a year into community funds for the 25-year life of the wind farm.
Vattenfall UK onshore wind development director Piers Guy said the company expects Siemens to work with the local supply chain for installation, operations and maintenance to maximise local economic benefit.
Siemens Wind Power CEO in the EMEA region Jan Kjaersgaard said the project will contribute to the Welsh Government’s renewable goals.
"The Pen y Cymoedd project is of special significance to us not only on account of its magnitude," Kjaersgaard said.
Siemens said it already plays an important role in Wales’ low carbon economy, with its involvement in projects including the Maerdy and Mynydd y Betws onshore wind farms and Rhyl Flats and Gwynt-y-Môr offshore wind farms.
Image: Siemens Wind Power will install 76 of its SWT-3.0 direct drive wind turbines at the wind farm. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.