Siemens today announced its deal to supply 54 direct drive wind turbines for a project in Scotland.
The supply of SWT-3.2-101 turbines is aimed at adding another 172.8 MW to SSE’s Clyde wind farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The two-year construction will support an estimated 500 local jobs through direct employment and the supply chain.
Siemens will be delivering the 54 turbines starting in June 2016. The Clyde Extension will be completed in June 2017, said Siemens in a statement.
The wind turbine maker did not reveal the size of the agreement.
Siemens will also be providing service for the new Clyde Extension project. With an existing capacity of 350 MW, Clyde is already one of the largest onshore wind power plants in Europe.
The Clyde wind farm already has 152 operational turbines, making it the third-largest wind farm in Europe and SSE’s largest project to date. Clyde wind farm has already sourced all the existing 2.3-MW turbines from Siemens, commissioned in 2011 and 2012.
The additional 54 turbines, each with a capacity of 3.2 megawatts and a 101-meter rotor diameter, will significantly increase energy output and provide the Clyde wind farm with the latest direct drive technology.
Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore at Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division, said: “Our direct drive units improve performance, reliability and maintainability. We see this innovation in our products as a stable basis for further collaboration with experienced customers like SSE.”