Siemens installed a 6 MW wind turbine at SSE’s test site

With the final tests of the SWT-6.0-154 Siemens is getting ready for Round 3. (P
With the final tests of the SWT-6.0-154 Siemens is getting ready for Round 3. (P

Siemens has installed a further exemplar of its new 6 MW gearless wind turbine, this time on the test site of the power utility SSE in Hunterston, Scotland. Together with its customer, Siemens plans to carry out final testing with the turbine of the type SWT-6.0-154 with 154 m rotor diameter before going ahead with series production for the UK market but also for international markets. Earlier this year, Siemens installed two 6 MW turbines at the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm operated by Dong Energy to carry out the first offshore testing.

With the final tests Siemens is getting ready for Round 3, the next round of the expansion of British offshore wind power. By installing the new turbine on SSE's test site, Siemens is demonstrating its commitment to customer collaboration and a partnership approach to bringing new products to market. “The United Kingdom is backing our technology in a particular way. That’s why we are seeking to collaborate with the country’s power suppliers right from the product development stage through to commissioning. We are focused on making a visible contribution to the UK’s economy,” says Jan Kjaersgaard, CEO for the EMEA Business Unit at Siemens Wind Power.

In addition to cooperating closely with its customers in the UK, Siemens has also expanded its own presence in Scotland. With a permanent staff of over 30 employees based in Livingston near Glasgow it will manage onshore projects in England, Scotland and Ireland, and coordinate construction, installation and EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) operations. Siemens already employs around 1,300 people in its growing renewables business in the UK. According to the company Siemens services and maintains almost half of the UK’s total wind-generating capacity – 1,900 Siemens wind power turbines for 12 offshore wind power plants with a total electrical generating capacity of 2.5 GW and over 50 onshore wind farms delivering altogether about 2 GW. The UK also plays a key role with Siemens global wind power business. Around 11 % of the global Wind Power Division employees are British.

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