Siemens in 228MW Wales win

Siemens Wind has won the contract to supply turbines totalling 228MW to Vattenfall’s Pen Y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in Wales.

Siemens will supply and install 76 of its SWT 3.0 direct drive turbines, in its largest contract for the model in the UK so far.

The German-owned wind turbine manufacturer has also been contracted to provide maintenance for the wind farm for five years after it becomes operational.

The order comes two months after the UK government gave Vattenfall the go-ahead for the project.

Pen Y Cymoedd, located in the coastal mountain range between Port Talbot and the borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, is scheduled to produce first power in late 2016.

Vattenfall’s Director of Onshore Wind Development in the UK, Piers Guy says: “It is important for Vattenfall that we contract with main suppliers that are committed to working with the local supply chain for installation, operations and maintenance and so maximising local economic benefit. We expect Siemens to do that.”

In Wales, Siemens has worked on the Maerdy and Mynydd y Betws onshore wind farms and the Rhyl Flats and Gwynt-y-Môr offshore wind farms.

Siemens is also developing tidal power in Wales, through the recently consented Skerries tidal array.