Siemens secures large wind projects in USA and Brazil

29 January 2019

Siemens Gamesa has been awarded the 242 MW Scioto Ridge onshore wind project by Innogy Renewables US LLC, a subsidiary of German company innogy SE.

The contract volume includes the supply of 63xSG 3.4-132 and 9xSG 2.6-114 wind turbines for the project which is to be located in Hardin and Logan Counties, Ohio, USA. The order also features a 10-year service and maintenance agreement. The programme includes advanced diagnostics and digital capabilities, tailored to increase performance and operation predictably to achieve low cost of energy for customers. Commissioning of the project is expected in the autumn of 2020.

The company’s blade manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa and nacelle and hub assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, will provide SG 3.4-132 components for the project. This product features an output of 3.465 MW and a rotor diameter of 132 m, and guarantees high energy production with low noise emission levels.

In total, Siemens Gamesa has to date installed more than 18.7 GW in the USA.

Voltalia wind project

The company has also been awarded its third contract with Voltalia in Brazil to supply the wind project Ventos da Serra do Mel 2 (VSM 2). The scope of the contract with Voltalia includes the supply of 36xxSG 3.4-132 units with a flexible power rating of 3.55 MW for the VSM 2 complex, located in Rio Grande do Norte, northeastern region of Brazil, for a combined total nominal capacity of 128 MW. Commissioning of VSM 2 is planned for 2020.

This is the third contract signed with Voltalia in Brazil following Vila Acre I (27 MW, 13 units of SG 2.1-114) and Ventos da Serra do Mel 1 (163 MW, 47 units of SG 3.4-132). In total, Siemens Gamesa has been awarded a total of 318 MW by Voltalia in the country since 2016.

Since 2012, Siemens Gamesa has provided more than 3.1 GW (more than 1,500 units) of output capacity for close to 60 project sites across Brazil. The SG 3.4-132 onshore wind turbine is the most profitable product in its segment, featuring optimal levelised cost of energy (LCoE) for medium and high winds, rotor diameter of 132 metres, a flexible power rating of 3.3-3.75 MW depending on the project requirements, and high levels of reliability.

• Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reported a revenue increase in the first three months (October-December) of FY 2019 of 6% year-on-year, to €2262m, driven by the offshore business and by service. Wind turbine volume increased by 7%, to 2129 MWe, due to the strong contribution by the offshore segment, which sold 609 MWe (+76% YoY). Net profit amounted to €18m, contrasting with the €35m loss reported in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

EBIT before PPA and integration and restructuring costs amounted to €138m (+4% YoY) while reported EBIT was €40m (+13% YoY).

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