Denmark’s Dong Energy has confirmed it will go ahead with the 210MW Westermost Rough wind farm in the UK North Sea, taking the first 35 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbines under a 300-machine framework deal.
The €1bn ($1.36bn) development, situated in depths of 16-26 metres eight kilometres off the northeast coast of England, will mark the first use of the German company’s larger-rotor version of its 6MW turbine, which has been running onshore at Denmark’s Østerild test centre since last autumn.
Dong's investment decision means construction at Westernmost Rough will begin next year, with switch-on in the first half of 2015. Power produced would meet the electricity demand of 210,000 British households.
“ The go-ahead for Westermost Rough is once again good news for the development of offshore wind in the UK, following last weeks news when a Siemens official stated that building of a new turbine manufacturing site in Hull would go along as planned. After a time of insecurity regarding the future development of the UK offshore wind market, it now seems that the major players in this industry is confident enough about the future to make large investments”.