Siemens to supply ‘Strength of the Wind’ turbines

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has won the order to supply wind turbines for the 448 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind power project, being developed by EDF Renewables 20 km off the east coast Scotland. Neart na Gaoithe means ‘the strength of the wind’. 

The company will install 54 of its ‘Direct Drive’ offshore turbines, with a 167 m rotor diameter and 208 m tip height. The installation will take the number of installed Direct Drive offshore turbines comfortably beyond 2,000 installed worldwide, says SGRE. 

The wind farm is expected to be operational by 2023. The project will use 81 m long blades produced on production lines of the SGRE factory in Hull. Direct Drive turbines provide additional capacity through fewer turbines, compared with the original consent given for the project for 75 turbines, says the company. When fully operational, the project will generate electricity for all of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh. 

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the contract by EDF Renewables for the transport and installation of the 54 wind turbines for Neart na Gaoithe. The company will mobilise one of its vessels for the project which starts in the spring of 2022. 

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