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Siemens lands U.K. offshore wind farm order

July 12, 2007 - by Dallas Kachan, Cleantech Group

Siemens Power Generation is to supply 25 offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 90 megawatts (MW) to the Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Wales.

The purchaser is RWE npower plc, the U.K. arm of RWE AG. Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-2009.

Siemens said it will install and commission its 3.6 megawatts turbines and will also assume responsibility for service and maintenance for an initial period of five years.

Once operational, Rhyl Flats, along with its neighbor North Hoyle, is to produce enough clean electricity to meet the needs of over 100,000 homes.

The Rhyl Flats project is located west of yet another offshore wind farm (Burbo), where Siemens has just finished installing another 25 wind turbines, also with a capacity of 3.6 MW each.

The Burbo project is to start commercial operation by the end of this year.

"This order strengthens our position as the leading supplier of offshore wind turbines for the European market,” said Andreas Nauen, head of Siemens PG Wind Power division.

"We are particularly proud that our technology is making a steadily growing contribution towards the implementation of an environmentally friendly, reliable power supply."

The U.K. Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform backed the Rhyl Flats facility with a £10 million capital grant.

In fiscal 2006, Siemens Power Generation posted sales of more than €10 billion, with a profit of €782 million. It employs approximately 36,400 people worldwide.

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