Having recently announced the will build the West of Duddons wind farm, ScottishPower Renewables (Iberdrola Renovables' subsidiary) and Dong Energy have chosen Siemens as the supplier of wind turbines for the offshore wind farm Duddon Sands, off the south east coast of Barrow-in-Furness, in the Irish Sea. The wind farm will feature 108 3.6 MW wind turbines, totalling in 389 MW of installed capacity. The supply deal is worth about EUR 700 million, and represents the biggest ever wind turbine purchase agreement for Iberdrola Renovables, for a single wind project.
These turbines will be able to generate enough electrical energy annually to supply about 300,000 average UK homes. Siemens will transport the wind turbines to the Port of Belfast, and then install and commission the units. Additionally, Siemens will provide service and maintenance for the installed units for a period of years, under a separate S&M contract. West of Duddon Sands wind farm is a project evenly owned by ScottishPower Renewables and Dong Energy. It is estimated that the total cost of this project from construction to start-up will amount to about GBP 1.6 billion, to be evenly split between the partner companies. The wind turbines will be installed using two especially designed ships, capable of performing various offshore installation tasks in a rough sea environment.
[source: Iberdrola Renovables]