The wind energy project, located a mere 15 km off the German coast, will use 103 Siemens Gamesa Direct Drive offshore wind turbines each with a 167-meter rotor. Each machine’s capacity can reach up to 9 MW, from its nameplate capacity of 8.6 MW, thanks to the PowerBoost option. A 20-year Service agreement is included in the agreement, Siemens Gamesa said in a news statement.
WPD is expected to complete the installation of all 103 Siemens Gamesa offshore Direct Drive machines in 2026. The agreement remains subject to certain conditions including the confirmation of the grid connection date. This is expected during the second half of calendar year 2023.
“Our solid collaboration based on four other projects will be strengthened by deploying our reliable, proven Direct Drive offshore wind turbines,” said Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.
“Today’s signing of the Master Supply Agreement shows our dedication to the time schedule hitting its peak with the installation in 2026. The success will depend on the smooth cooperation between authorities, grid operators, and contractors,” said Achim Berge Olsen, COO of WPD.
In 2021, the German government increased their targets for offshore wind energy production to 30 GW by 2030. Targets for 2035 and 2045 were raised to 40 GW and 70 GW respectively.
Gennaker will be the fifth collaboration project for Siemens Gamesa and WPD. The four other projects are Butendiek at 288 MW in Germany, inaugurated in 2015; Yunlin at 640 MW in Taiwan currently under installation; Fecamp at 498 MW and Courseulles-sur mer at 448 MW, both in France and both under preparation for installation in the coming years.