Engineering giant Siemens has received an order for the supply, installation and commissioning of 54 direct drive wind turbines in Scotland.
The turbines will add another 172.8 megawatts to power company SSE’s Clyde wind farm in South Lanarkshire.
The Clyde wind farm already has 152 operational turbines, making it the third-largest wind farm in Europe and SSE’s largest project to date.
Siemens will also be providing long-term service for the new Clyde Extension project. With an existing capacity of 350 MW, Clyde is already one of the largest onshore wind power plants in Europe.
All of the existing turbines are Siemens 2.3-MW units, commissioned in 2011 and 2012.
The additional 54 turbines, each with a capacity of 3.2 megawatts and a 101-meter rotor diameter, will significantly increase energy output and provide the Clyde wind farm with the latest direct drive technology.
“We are very pleased to continue the long and successful relationship with our customer SSE in an important project like the Clyde Extension,” said Thomas Richterich, chief executive of onshore at Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division.
The project will support an estimated 500 local jobs through direct employment and the supply chain said Siemens.
The 54 turbines are scheduled for delivery and installation starting in June 2016. The Clyde Extension will be completed in June 2017.