Siemens Gamesa has signed a wind power agreement with Orsted to supply the 298MW Haystack wind farm in Nebraska. This agreement is part of both companies’ plans to continue reinforcing their 30-year partnership on offshore projects together.
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In this regard, this is the first onshore project for both companies in the United States, following the worldwide success of their alliance for offshore wind energy.
The Haystack project consists of 51 SG 5.0-145 wind turbines and 18 safe harbor turbines, totaling 298 MW. The project also includes a 30-year long-term full-scope service and maintenance agreement. Such a contract would cover primary activities related to the service and maintenance of the units
Siemens Gamesa will supply the wind turbines for the 298 MW Haystack wind farm in Nebraska. The first deliveries are expected to begin in 2021; commissioning is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.
This agreement is the most extended ever service contract for the company in North America.
“Orsted is a key partner in our offshore business, and we are excited to expand that partnership into onshore wind power. The Haystack project will provide clean energy to nearly 85,000 average U.S. homes,” said Shannon Sturgil, CEO of Onshore North America at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
“We achieved an important milestone over the summer with the Coastal Virginia Offshore Pilot Project, and we are thrilled to add Haystack to our list of firsts,” she added.
The SG 5.0-145 wind turbine is described by experts as a new state-of-the-art control system. It uses OptimaFlex technology, which allows the wind turbine to feature a flexible power rating ranging between 4.0 and 5.0 MW. This feature enables turbines to provide solutions to the specific conditions of each site.
The turbine features a modular design for increased mechanical capacity and optimal adaptation to logistics and construction requirements, providing greater efficiency and a lower Levelized cost of energy (LCoE), EVWind reported
Together, Siemens Gamesa and Orsted have installed over 1,300 offshore wind turbines along with their partnership.
In total, Siemens Gamesa has installed more than 23 GW in the U.S. and has a more extensive history in manufacturing and services in the country. With nearly 72 GW under service globally, including more than 10 GW of multibrand turbines, Siemens Gamesa is a leading service provider in the industry.
In North America, Siemens Gamesa provides service and maintenance to wind projects with more than 14 GW’s total output capacity.