Gennaker, of 927 MW, will promote the development of offshore wind power in the Baltic Sea

Siemens Gamesa and wpd sign a framework agreement for the supply of 103 Siemens Gamesa Direct Drive offshore wind turbines, with a capacity of 927 MW, as well as wind farm maintenance for 20 years.

Siemens Gamesa and the German developer wpd have signed a framework supply agreement for the Gennaker offshore wind farm. Located just 15 km from the German coast, this enormous 927 MW project will have 103 Siemens Gamesa Direct Drive offshore wind turbines, with a 167 meter rotor and a capacity of 8.6 MW, which can reach up to 9 MW thanks to the PowerBoost functionality. The deal also includes a 20-year service contract. The installation of these machines is expected to be completed in 2026.

The deal is subject to certain conditions, including confirmation of the grid connection date, which is expected in the second half of 2023.

“The signing of this agreement with wpd is excellent news, as it is one of the largest planned offshore parks in the Baltic Sea. Our strong partnership will be enhanced by the deployment of our proven offshore technology. In addition, we will contribute to the achievement of the German government’s ambitious goals for offshore wind energy,” said Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

“By signing this agreement we show our commitment for Gennaker to be commissioned in 2026. Success will depend on good cooperation between the authorities, the network operators and the various suppliers. For us, Siemens Gamesa is a very reliable partner that leads the industry in terms of quality and on-time delivery,” said Achim Berge Olsen, Chief Operating Officer of wpd AG.

At the end of 2021, the German coalition government increased its targets for offshore development to 30 GW in 2030. The targets for 2035 and 2045 were also raised to 40 GW and 70 GW, respectively.

Gennaker will be the fifth joint project between Siemens Gamesa and wpd. The other four projects are Butendiek, of 288 MW, in Germany, inaugurated in 2015; Yunlin, of 640 MW, in Taiwan, currently in the installation phase; Fécamp, with 498 MW, and Courseulles-sur mer, with 448 MW, both in France and in preparation for installation in the coming years.

Each of the Siemens Gamesa Direct Drive offshore turbines of the Gennaker project will have a flexible power, starting at 8.6 MW. The 167 meter diameter rotor uses Siemens Gamesa B81 IntegralBlades and has a sweep area of ??21,900 square metres. These machines are part of the SG 8.0-167 DD turbine family. More than 3.2 GW of this type of machine have been installed on different projects in several countries, making it one of the most successful offshore wind turbines in the world.