Siemens has received an order for a total of 90 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 270 megawatts (MW) for the Snowtown II Wind Farm in Australia. The customer is TrustPower, one of New Zealand's biggest energy retailers. The scope of supply encompasses delivery, installation and commissioning of 90 gearless SWT-3.0 wind turbines with a power rating of 3,0 MW. Siemens' service team will maintain the wind turbines under a long term service agreement. Installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in 2013, commissioning of the wind power plant is planned for 2014.
"With the SWT-3.0 direct drive wind turbine, our customers like TrustPower get a high-quality product from a partner whom they can trust. The innovative direct-drive wind technology is a reliable investment in the future of renewable power generation in Australia," said Kay Weber, CEO of the Siemens Wind Power Business Unit APAC. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Australia has exceptional wind resources which will make an increasing contribution to its energy mix. GWEC estimates that Australia's installed wind power capacity will triple from today's 2,200 MW to roughly 6,900 MW in 2016.
The Snowtown II Wind Farm will be located approximately 140 km north of Adelaide in South Australia. Once completed, it will be one of the largest wind projects in Australia and provide clean and renewable energy to power the equivalent of up to 180,000 average households in the region.
Wind Power is part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2011, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €30 billion, making Siemens one of the world's largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 320 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.