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Siemens will supply 17 SWT-3.0 -101 direct drive turbines to the wind farm, with a tip height of 125 metres. Siemens has also signed a fifteen-year service agreement with Eneco Wind UK, covering maintenance of the turbines and component defects for the duration of the term.
Eneco Wind UK will also fund local initiatives by sharing in the success of the project through a community scheme. This will provide the local community with a fund of £2,750 per MW installed on the wind farm.
The wind farm will be developed on the Lochluichart Estate, located on the higher land between Loch Glascarnoch and Lochluichart. It is due to enter construction at the end of this year, with full operation expected in 2014.
Guy Madgwick, director of Eneco Wind UK, comments: “Alongside our operational 17MW project at Tullo in Aberdeenshire, Lochluichart Wind Farm represents the next step for Eneco in building a portfolio of wind projects in the UK that fit into the company’s model of sustainability for all.”
Christoph Ehlers, managing director UK, Siemens Renewables, said: “Siemens already has an extensive portfolio of onshore wind power projects in Scotland, which play a key role in the Scottish government’s low carbon strategy. Lochluichart is our second direct drive contract in the UK, and the largest in the UK to date. This latest order is an excellent sign of the ongoing development of the market. We look forward to working with Eneco on this key project.”
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About Siemens in the UK
Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 168 years ago and now employs around 16,000 people in the UK. Last year’s revenues were £4.1 billion. As a leading global engineering and technology services company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s major challenges, across the key sectors of energy, industry and healthcare. Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Frimley, Surrey. The company’s global headquarters is in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.siemens.co.uk
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