Siemens Gamesa Virginia victory
Turbine manufacturer to deliver two 6MW units to Orsted, Dominion demo
Orsted has signed a deal with Siemens Gamesa for the supply of two 6MW turbines for the proposed 12MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project off the US east coast.
The units will feature 154-metre rotors and will be the debut project for both the Danish and German-Spanish companies, according to the latter.
Blades will be manufacturer in Aalborg, Denmark, and nacelles will be put together in Cuxhaven, Germany.
Deliveries are expected to begin in mid-2020, the manufacturer said.
Orsted North America president Thomas Brostrom said: “Siemens Gamesa’s record of exceptional technology, combined with our prior successful partnership experience around the world, will demonstrate how Virginia residents and businesses can experience the benefits of clean, reliable, cost competitive offshore wind energy.”
Orsted is developing the project alongside local partner Dominion Energy. The pair filed plans for approval with state regulators for the project earlier this month.
The State Corporation Commission is now considering the proposals for the two-turbine demo, which would be located in a 864-hectare federal lease area about 44km off the coast of Virginia Beach.
“We are extremely proud to provide our turbines to Orsted and Dominion Energy offshore wind project, and it marks a major milestone in our company’s history,” said Joergen Scheel, Siemens Gamesa offshore vice president North America.
“We have always believed in the future of offshore wind power in the United States, and with so much wind potential off the Virginia coast, we are excited to finally add our state-of-the-art turbine technology to the country’s energy mix.”