Siemens wins 288MW turbine order for Germany's Meerwind

Siemens-Servicemitarbeiter vor dem Offshore-Windpark Lillgrund zwischen Malmö und Kopenhagen in Schweden. Siemens hat im Projekt Lillgrund 48 Windenergieanlagen des Typs SWT-2.3-93 mit einer Leistung von jeweils 2,3 Megawatt (MW) installiert. Der Windpark mit einer installierten Gesamtleistung von 110 Megawatt (MW) wird vom schwedischen Energieversorger Vattenfall betrieben und wurde im Juni 2008 offiziell in Betrieb genommen. Der Offshore-Windpark Lillgrund produziert genug Strom, um 60.000 schwedische Haushalte zu versorgen.Siemens service personnel in front of the Lillgrund offshore wind farm Lillgrund in the Øresund between Malmö and Copenhagen. For the Lillgrund project Siemens installed 48 SWT-2.3-93 wind power systems each rated at 2.3 megawatts (MW). The wind farm with a total installed capacity of 110 MW is operated by the Swedish utility Vattenfall and officially came on line in June 2008. The Lillgrund offshore wind farm produces enough electrcity to supply 60,000 Swedish households.

Siemens has bagged an 80-turbine order from US private-equity firm Blackstone for the Meerwind project in the German North Sea, strengthening its claim as the offshore wind sector’s newly-dominant player.

The 288MW Meerwind – comprising two adjacent zones and set to be Germany's largest offshore facility – is being developed by Bremerhaven-based WindMW, which is majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone.

That makes the deal Siemens’ first turbine order from a private-equity house.

The turbine contract was finalised after Blackstone nailed down €1.2bn ($1.7bn) in financing, becoming the first developer to reach financial close under German development bank KfW’s aggressive new offshore wind programme.

A group of seven commercial lenders – comprising Commerzbank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Log in to read complete article.

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