Siemens wins NNSA turbine contract

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to a unit of Siemens to provide five 2.3MW wind turbines that will supply more than 60% of the annual electricity needs at its Pantex plant in Texas.

Siemens Government Technologies did not provide financial details of the contract, which includes a multi-year service, maintenance and warranty agreement.

The Pantex plant is America's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. Its mission is to maintain the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

NNSA, part of the Energy Department, was created by Congress in 2000 with responsibility for the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation, and naval reactor programs.

According to Siemens, the Pantex wind farm is expected to save an average of $2.9m annually over the 20-year contract term. The turbines will be located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the plant.

"Mission execution and guaranteed savings are Siemens hallmarks in the federal market and we look forward to delivering both for the NNSA on this landmark project," says Judy Marks, chief executive of Siemens Government Technologies.