Danish developer Orsted has named Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to deliver over 1GW’s worth of its top-of-the-line SG11.0-200DD offshore wind turbines for two projects in the German North Sea.
The preferred supplier deal covers the 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 development – Germany’s largest offshore wind project to-date – and the 242MW Gode Wind 3, and includes a five-year service and maintenance agreement.
The award hinges on Orsted taking a final investment decision on the developments, which itself is subject to the projects receiving final grid dates and consents from German authorities.
“In this new decade, we need to translate social and political ambition into tangible action and change. We are committed to helping move Germany towards a competitive decarbonisation thanks to the implementation of our most advanced technologies,” stated Andreas Nauen, CEO of SGRE’s offshore business.
“We are glad to do so together with global market leader Orsted, and to deploy our new direct drive offshore turbine with a 200-meter rotor at the same time.”
The turbines – the final number of which “remains to be determined” – are slated for installation on Gode Wind 3 in early 2023 and on Borkum Riffgrund 3 in 2024, with commissioning on the two projects to being completed in 2024 and 2025, respectively
Martin Neubert, CEO of Orsted Offshore, stated: "Driving innovation is at the core of our DNA, and we look forward to once again introducing new turbine technology to the market.
“The increasingly larger turbines and projects have been key drivers in making offshore wind cheaper than newly-built, fossil-based power generation,” he said. “Electrification through renewable energy is the fastest and most cost-efficient way to achieve the decarbonisation of Europe needed to fight global warming.”
Some 1.2 million households will be served by the new projects once online, with 3.7 million tons of CO2 emissions saved yearly compared to fossil-based power generation. The 1.142GW order almost doubles the 1.3GW of offshore wind plant Orsted has already installed off Germany.
The SG11.0-200DD turbine is the next upscaled evolution of the OEM’s 10MW model, the SG10.0-193DD, revealed exclusively by SGRE CEO Markus Tacke to Recharge last year and then uptuned to the SG11.0-193 in November.
These designs are meant to serve to “bridge market demand” until the new top-of the-range model is – the hotly anticipated ‘1X’ concept, thought to be in the range of 14-16MW – is in showrooms in 2024-25.
A ‘protective’ patent application staking a claim on a number of future-looking blade and rotor innovations that might be considered for the ‘1X’ technology on its way to launch in the mid-2020s was filed recently by the OEM.