Munich (and Berlin) headquartered Siemens is to supply, install and commission 56 wind turbines for the Galloper Wind Farm Ltd. off the south-east coast of England. The owners of the offshore wind power plant are RWE, UK Green Investment Bank, Macquarie Capital and Siemens Financial Services, each with a 25 per cent stake. The plant's 336 megawatt capacity will be sufficient to supply up to 336,000 British households with clean power. Siemens will also be responsible for servicing the wind turbines for a 15-year period. The total investment costs of the Galloper project are 1.5 billion British pounds.
Siemens is to supply, install and commission 56 wind turbines for the GWFL off the south-east coast of England. The plant's 336 megawatt capacity will be sufficient to supply up to 336,000 British households with clean power.
"We are pleased that Siemens will again be supplying the six megawatt wind turbines for an offshore wind power plant in the UK," said Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of the Wind Power and Renewables Division of Siemens AG. So far, the company has already sold about 300 of its SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines to UK and German projects. "We are working hard on making the cost of power from offshore wind power plants competitive with other ways of generating electricity," Hannibal added.
Siemens is due to start installing the 56 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines for the Galloper project in May 2017. The wind power plant is scheduled to be fully operational by March 2018. Prompt completion is necessary so that the offshore project can still qualify for remuneration with ROC (Renewable Obligations Certificates) of the 2.5 round for public tenders.
The Galloper offshore wind power plant is to be erected around 27 kilometres off the coast of Suffolk. The wind turbines will be constructed on monopiles in water between 27 and 36 meters deep. The Galloper project is an extension of the already on-line Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, which has a capacity of 504 megawatts, where 140 Siemens wind turbines have been generating power for 530,000 British households since 2012.
The UK is one of Siemens’ major offshore markets. The company employs about 2,000 people across various sites in Britain in the wind business, grid connections and wind service operations. The Galloper project is set to create around 700 jobs during construction and 90 jobs once operational in the UK. It also represents a crucial milestone in the creation of a UK-based offshore wind manufacturing industry, begun with a 160 million pounds investment from Siemens in setting up a rotor blade manufacturing in Hull and continuing through job creation both by Siemens and the supply chain developing to support the clean energy industry.