Policy & Market


Siemens to supply Germany's Butendiek turbines

Siemens has won the contract to supply the turbines for the 288 megawatt (MW) Butendiek offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, which is being developed by Airtricity for commissioning in 2012.

Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens will supply 80 3.6 MW wind turbines for the project.

Siemens has already supplied Scottish and Southern Electricity subsidiary Airtricity with 140 3.6 MW turbines for the Greater Gabbard offshore project, where construction is currently taking place.

Andreas Nauen, chief exceutive of Siemens Wind Power says: “This agreement shows that the German offshore market is moving from the demonstration phase to rolling out commercial projects.” Siemens has already installed more than 90 3.6 MW turbines offshore, showing that the turbine “has a proven track-record for the harsh environment in the North Sea,” Nauen said.

The Butendiek project is located 34 kilometers off the island of Sylt at a water depth of 20 meters. Airtricity acquired the Butendiek project from the community founded developer OSB Butendiek in 2007.

The German government has set a target of 25,000 MW offshore wind power in the year 2030. The Butendiek wind farm will receive a feed-in-tariff of €0.15 per kWh.

Siemens says it has installed 600 MW of capacity offshore and has an order backlog of 3,300 MW, making it the leading supplier of wind turbines for offshore applications.

Airtricity is the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).. The company recently received consent for two large Dutch offshore wind farms, West Rijn (260MW) and Breevertien II (350MW). Airtricity was acquired by SSE in February 2008.