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Siemens has announced the successful completion of the Griffin wind power farm, located approximately 19 miles northwest of Perth in the Scottish Highlands. The wind power farm has a capacity of 156 MW and is expected to generate enough power to supply over 80,000 homes.
Siemens Wind Power delivered, installed, and commissioned 68 of Siemens 2.3-MW turbines. Of the 68 turbines, 61 have a 101m rotor and 7 have a 93m rotor. This is the first time that a SWT-2.3-101 has been deployed in the UK. The wind farm is operated by SSE and service and maintenance responsibility will now pass to Siemens Energy Service Renewables. Siemens’ Availability & Maintenance contract will be for five years and create at least 14 locally based technician and supervisory roles.
Tony Scott, project manager from SSE Renewabes said: "We are delighted that this latest wind farm project has been completed. Scotland is leading the way in development of renewable energy, and the Griffin Wind makes an important addition to the national target. We chose to work with Siemens because of the quality of its technology and its proven track record and depth of experience. The team understood our requirements and worked effectively with our team to deliver the project on time and to the highest standard."
Siemens is working with SSE Renewables on a number of wind farm projects in Scotland. In autumn 2009, Siemens and SSE Renewables signed a contract for the supply of wind turbines for the 350 MW Clyde wind farm project, which will also be commissioned this year.
Grant Walker, managing director for Siemens Wind Power – Onshore said: "The Griffin wind farm will yield significant benefits for Scotland, enhancing its renewable energy footprint, as well as creating around 100 jobs during construction and at least 14 for ongoing service and local value creation. Siemens has a sizeable and growing wind business in Scotland and the sector is very promising. We look forward to working on new wind energy projects with SSE Renewables in the future."
Siemens is also heavily engaged in skills and training to support the development of the wind power sector in Scotland and throughout the UK. In 2010 Siemens announced its involvement with Carnegie College, Rosyth as part of the first pilot Wind Turbine Service Technician apprenticeship programme. This pioneering initiative is designed to provide the renewable energy industry with the highly skilled workers who are crucial to the sector’s skills requirements. The scheme has been a huge success and tripled its intake in 2011.
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About Siemens in the UK
Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 169 years ago and now employs 12,972 people in the UK. Last year’s revenues were £4.4 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, infrastructure & cities 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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