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Siemens enters wind market in Belgium

04.07.2014
  • Onshore wind power plant in the harbor of Antwerp
  • First phase of "Wind aan de Stroom" project will consist of 11 direct-drive wind turbines

"Wind aan de Stroom" wind power plant will consist of ten SWT-3.0-113 and one SWT-3.0-101.

Siemens Energy has secured its first wind power contract in Belgium with an order for the first phase of the Wind aan de Stroom project on the left bank of the Schelde River in Antwerp harbor.

This first phase consists of 11 direct-drive wind turbines of the Siemens D3-platform; the project can however be extended to 17 wind turbines. Component deliveries will start in early 2015 and installation of the turbines is scheduled for summer 2015.

The contract includes a service and maintenance agreement for a period of 15 years.

The project was put out to tender by Wind aan de Stroom, a partnership between Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen, Maatschappij Linkerscheldeoever and GEHA.

"One of the challenges of the project is the installation of the turbines on tight sites in the port due to a high density of industrial and harbor operations", says Jan Kjaersgaard, CEO Onshore of Siemens Wind Power. "Our D3 direct-drive wind turbines ordered for Wind aan de Stroom match these preconditions due to their compact design and low weight." The turbines are rated at 3 megawatts each and will be mounted on 115 meter towers. The rotor diameters are 113 meters, one turbine will be equipped with a 101 meter rotor due to specific site conditions.

"We have estimated that Siemens' proposition was the one which matched our requirements best in terms of safety, production and price," says Giovanni Vercammen, CEO of Wind aan de Stroom.

The wind power plant will be integrated in a smart grid which is currently developed as part of a pilot project with the Belgian DSO Eandis. The energy production of the turbines will therefore be controlled through the smart grid. Eandis will research new technologies which will allow the connection of more renewable energy for a more affordable price and in shorter time spans.

Wind power and energy service are part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world's leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2013 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR26.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR28.8 billion and posted a profit of approximately EUR2 billion. On September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500. Further information is available at: http://www.siemens.com/energy

Reference Number: EWP201407054e

Contact

Mr. Bernd Eilitz
Energy Sector

Siemens AG

Lindenplatz 2

20099  Hamburg

Germany

Tel: +49 (40) 2889-8842

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