Both companies are developing the wind farm on a 50/50 basis in the United Kingdom and it is expected to come into operation in 2014.
The biggest ever agreement
The contract signed with the German company amounts to nearly €700 million and, in the case of Iberdrola Renovables, is the biggest ever agreement for the purchase of wind turbines for a wind farm, and its first offshore energy project.
Read more: Siemens updates D3 wind
Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens will undertake design and transport to the port of Belfast, installation and offshore start-up of 108 3.6 MW, 80 metres high wind turbines. These will be provided with a 5-year warranty from their coming into operation, under a separate maintenance contract.
One of the biggest offshore facilities in the world
West of Duddon Sands will have a total installed capacity of 389 megawatts (MW), enough to meet the electricity needs of 300,000 British homes. It will be one of the biggest offshore facilities in the world when it comes into service. This will be the first time that Iberdrola Renovables installs wind turbines with more than 3 MW of power at a wind farm, which represents a great technological leap forward for the Company.
Assembly will largely be done in the port of Belfast, while the operations will be carried out from the port of Barrow. The construction of the wind farm will involve the use of two ships specially designed for this type of infrastructure, as they enable work to be carried out in extreme weather conditions.
Construction will create 500 jobs
The construction of the offshore facility will create an estimated 500 jobs, in addition to others needed in the future for operation and maintenance. Work is expected to begin next year on the electrical connections, while the wind turbines will be installed in 2013.