• Supply and maintenance of 40 direct drive wind turbines
• 100-megawatt project to supply 30,000 Canadian households with clean electricity
Siemens has received an order for the supply, installation and commissioning of 40 SWT-3.2-113 direct drive wind turbines. Customer is Grand Bend Wind Limited Partnership, a partnership between Northland Power Inc., a Canadian independent power producer based in Toronto, and two local First Nations, the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation). The Grand Bend wind power plant will be erected around 220 kilometers southwest of Toronto in the Canadian province of Ontario.
The total capacity of this100-megawatt onshore project will be sufficient to provide eco-friendly electricity to approximately 30,000 Canadian households. All 120 of the 55-meter-long rotor blades for the wind turbines will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Construction work for the site is already underway. Commercial operation is scheduled for the first half of 2016. Siemens will also be responsible for service and maintenance of the wind turbines over a period of ten years.
"Canada is one of the most important markets for us across the Americas," declared Thomas Richterich, CEO of Market Unit Onshore in the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. "For the first time we will be supplying wind turbines for a Canadian project to Northland Power." Northland Power is the main shareholder, owning sixty percent of the shares in the largest Dutch offshore wind power plant Gemini. Siemens is supplying 150 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 4 megawatts and a rotor diameter of 130 meters, for this 600-megawatt project and will also be responsible for service and maintenance for a period of 15 years.
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