Cape Wind and Siemens Sign Major Offshore Wind Turbine Supply Agreement
Contract marks launch of Offshore Wind industry in America
BOSTON -- December 23, 2013
Siemens and Cape Wind have signed a major contract in which Siemens will
supply Cape Wind its industry-leading 3.6-megawatt (MW) offshore wind
turbines, an offshore Electric Service Platform (ESP) and a service agreement
for the first 15 years of commercial operations.
“As the global leader in offshore wind power, Siemens is extremely pleased to
be the supplier for America’s first-ever offshore wind farm,” stated Randy
Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. “We look forward to providing
our world-class technology, global project experience and industry knowledge
to this landmark project.”
Siemens, the world’s leading offshore wind turbine manufacturer, will
fabricate, install and commission its 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines for Cape
Wind. The Siemens 3.6-MW offshore turbine has been the ‘workhorse’ of the
global offshore wind industry and has had an unparalleled track record on
performance and reliability. It has been the leading turbine used at existing
offshore wind farms and it is going to be used in at least eight other
offshore wind farms currently under construction or approaching construction.
Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind said, "The completion and execution of the
contracts betweenCape Wind and Siemens brings the experience and financial
strength of the leading global offshore wind supplier into America's first
offshore wind farm ensuring important energy, environmental and economic
benefits for Massachusetts and the region."
Siemens is also providing Cape Wind with a long-term maintenance program for
the wind turbines and ESP for a period of 15 years. Siemens will hire locally
to fill the majority of its operations and maintenance positions at Cape
Wind’s future service headquarters on Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod.
Siemens Energy has a strong presence in the U.S. with approximately 60,000
employees and hundreds of millions of dollars invested in manufacturing,
service and office locations. Siemens opened its North American Offshore Wind
Office in Boston in 2010 to be closer to its U.S. and Canadian customers, and
specifically to work with Cape Wind. Project management for the Cape Wind
project will be managed from the Boston office, while the ESP scope of work
will be managed from the Company’s Transmission operations in Cary, North
Carolina, and the long-term maintenance program will be managed from the
company’s Americas headquarters located in Orlando, Florida.
"This is a significant milestone for this project and we're excited about it,"
said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. "Massachusetts will be a pioneer in
the emerging offshore wind industry, which brings with it both clean energy
and good jobs."
Siemens is subcontracting the manufacturing of the ESP to Cianbro to be
fabricated in its facility in Brewer, Maine. The ESP was designed for Cianbro
by Moffatt and Nichol Engineers of Norfolk, Virginia. The ESP will be located
toward the center of the offshore wind farm site and it will transform the
voltage of the electricity produced by the wind turbines.
Maine Senator Angus King welcomed this news, "I am very pleased that Cianbro,
a Maine-based company and partner in UMaine's floating offshore wind project,
will join forces with Siemens and Cape Wind of Massachusetts to produce the
offshore substation for an industry-leading offshore wind farm. By helping to
generate renewable energy, and by putting New Englanders to work in the
process, projects like this will not only benefit our environment, but our
economy as well."
Background on Siemens and Cape Wind:
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum
of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power
plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the
extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2013 (ended
September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR26.6 billion and received
new orders totaling approximately EUR28.8 billion and posted a profit of
approximately EUR2 billion. On September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a
work force of approximately 83,500. Further information is available at:
Cape Wind will be America’s first offshore wind farm and will help catalyze a
domestic offshore wind industry and related supply chain. Cape Wind has sold
77 ½% of its power output in long term Power Purchase Agreements to National
Grid and NSTAR, the two largest electric utilities in Massachusetts. Cape Wind
has announced it is purchasing a marina on Falmouth harbor on Cape Cod to
serve as its maintenance and operations Headquarters. Cape Wind is the first
U.S. offshore wind project to be fully permitted, and to have been issued a
commercial lease and received approval for its Construction and Operations
Plan by the U.S. Department of Interior. Cape Wind is currently in its
financing phase. For more information please visit: www.capewind.org.
Claire Hassett, 202-368-3854
Mark Rodgers, 508-237-6312
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