Siemens Gamesa cements firm order for Moray West

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 23/06/2022 Siemens Gamesa

Siemens Gamesa has been awarded the firm order for the delivery of 60 units of its SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine at the
Moray West offshore wind power project off the Scottish coast.

The wind turbines will have a capacity of 14.7 MW each and utilize the PowerBoost feature. A service agreement is included in the order for the 882 MW-project located in Scotland’s Moray Firth.

The project will feature content from the UK, with all 180 Siemens Gamesa B108 IntegralBlades to be produced at the company’s offshore blade factory in Hull, England. The deployment timeline targets installation of the first machines in 2024, with first power being expected to be produced in 2024.

“Successfully signing the firm order for Moray West serves to further cement Siemens Gamesa as the leader of the offshore revolution. We were heartened to be named preferred bidder by Moray West in October 2021 and are now even happier to see their confidence in us become reality today. We’re able to contribute to both combatting the climate emergency and develop the world’s largest offshore wind market simultaneously,”
states Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

Becker continues: “Siemens Gamesa has made the largest investments in the UK offshore wind supply chain, with our Hull facility as the centerpiece. We’re proud to supply all 180 108 meter-long blades for the Moray West order from the expanded plant. As announced in August 2021, it will soon to be doubled in size compared to when it first opened. We continue to appreciate the support from the UK government in this development.”

Moray West will see the first serial installation of Siemens Gamesa’s massive 14 MW machine. More than 14 GW of firm orders, preferred supplier agreements, and preferred bidder agreements have been announced for the Siemens Gamesa 14 MW machine, including rotor variants of 222 and 236 meters.

Each SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine will have a capacity boosted up to 14.7 megawatts and feature a rotor diameter of 222 meters using 108-meter long Siemens Gamesa IntegralBlades. Launched in 2020, the first prototype of the massive machine was installed in 2021 in Denmark.

Moray West has planning consent and a grid connection, and awaits the award of a Contract for Difference (CfD) ,for which it is preparing to compete at the next auction, set by the UK Government, to allow the project to proceed to construction. The project is expected to be fully operational by 2024, with a lifespan of 25 years. It will consist of up to 85 wind turbines, two offshore substation platforms and offshore 65 km export cables. The wind farm is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm (West) Limited, owned by Ocean Winds (95% stake) and Ignitis Grupe (5% stake).
Adam Morrison, Project Director for Moray West, said: “Following the earlier announcement that Siemens Gamesa were the preferred bidder, we are delighted to have finalized agreements for supply and installation of the SG 14-222 DD turbines and their servicing. Siemens Gamesa has a strong track record, and this model will allow the next progression in efficiency for offshore wind power generation. We are particularly pleased that our early commitments to Siemens Gamesa will result in the first of the 108 m blades from the expanded Hull facility being used on Moray West. We look forward to working with Siemens Gamesa to ensure a smooth and safe installation programme from the Nigg pre-assembly port as we move towards generation from this major renewables project – stepping towards Net Zero, increasing energy security and lowering the cost of energy.”

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