UPDATE 1-Siemens consortium wins 3 bln euro wind power contract

Thu May 15, 2014 1:14pm EDT
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* Gemini offshore wind farm to have 600 MW capacity

* Production expected from 2023

* Siemens to provide 150 wind turbines (Adds details on Siemens business)

LONDON/FRANKFURT, May 15 (Reuters) - The Dutch Gemini offshore wind farm project signed a 3 billion euro ($4.1 billion) construction and services deal with a consortium led by Siemens, handing the German engineering group its largest ever energy services contract.

The 600 megawatt (MW) wind power project will be built in the Dutch North Sea, 85 km from Groningen, and is designed to provide enough electricity for 1.5 million people once it becomes operational in 2023, Siemens said.

The diversified German engineering group won 1.5 billion euros worth of business from the contract. It will deliver 150 wind turbines with a capacity of four megawatts (MW) and a rotor diameter of 130 metres each and will maintain the wind park for 15 years.

As part of its maintenance, Siemens will have a dedicated helicopter and a purpose-built service vessel on standby at the site.

"Maintenance work can be carried out at almost all times irrespective of the weather conditions or wave height," the company said.

The Gemini consortium is 60 percent owned by Canadian firm Northland Power, and 20 percent by Siemens's Financial Services arm. Dutch offshore engineering firm Van Oord holds 10 percent and HVC, a joint venture of over 50 Dutch municipalities and water authorities, holds the rest.   Continued...