Siemens has won a supply deal to equip a 205MW wind farm in the US.
The Germany-based manufacturer will deliver turbines from its 3MW D3 platform to the Bison 4 development at the Bison
Wind Energy Center near New Salem, North Dakota.
The order came from Minnesota Power, which is increasing the capacity of
the Bison complex to almost 500MW via the extension.
Installation is due to begin mid this year with commercial operation scheduled
for December 2014.The contract includes a three-year service deal.
Siemens turbines are in operation at the other Bison stages.
The blades will be made at Siemens’ factory in Fort Madison, Iowa. Nacelle
assembly will be done in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Minnesota Power chief operating officer Brad Oachs said: “With the help of
Siemens, we've integrated new direct drive technology into our Bison project
while at the same time staying ahead of Minnesota’s aggressive renewable energy
“That this has happened in only four years speaks to how rapidly the
energy landscape is changing.”
The Bison deal comes after Siemens scored several major turbine orders
in Texas in January.