By Andrew Lee in London
Tuesday, February 25 2014
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 standard.
“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.
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