Siemens bags 182MW Texas order

Siemens Energy has secured a further US order from San Francisco-based Pattern Energy group, this time for the 182MW Panhandle 2 wind project in Carson County, Texas.

The project will consist of 79 of Siemens’ SWT-2.3-108 turbines and is scheduled for commissioning in November.

“Pattern Energy Group is one of our most important US customers," says Markus Tacke, chief executive of the Wind Power division of Siemens Energy.

The order also includes a service and maintenance agreement.

Pattern stresses that Panhandle 2 will use Siemens turbines with rotor blades and nacelles that are made in the US, creating local manufacturing jobs, while at the same time being environmentally conscious.

"These American-made Siemens turbines will harness the power of the wind at one of the windiest sites in Texas, creating a strong new source of clean energy without using any of the region's limited water supplies,” says Pattern Energy chief executive Mike Garland.

The US business is increasingly important for Siemens Wind.

The German industrial giant last year had won its largest wind contract ever, a 1.05GW order from MidAmerican Energy, that contributed to boost its pipeline of firm orders in the fourth quarter to a massive €2.26bn ($3.08bn).