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Siemens secures 130MW wind turbine delivery contracts in Italy

CTBR Staff Writer Published 24 November 2015

Siemens has secured contracts to supply wind turbines for three wind power projects with a total capacity of around 130MW in Italy.

The contracts will require the company to supply 42 turbines with capacities of 3MW and 3.2MW for the wind projects, which are situated in the Basilicata region in southern Italy.

The deliveries are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

The projects include the 60MW Melfi project, the 16MW Cerreto project and a 54MW project near the community of Tricarico.

The Melfi and the Tricarico project will be equipped with SWT-3.0-113 turbine models, while the Cerreto project will feature five of Siemens' SWT-3.2-113 units.

The Cerreto project is expected to be become operational in the following few weeks and installation work for the other projects is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2016.

According to Siemens, the awarding procedure by the Italian regulatory authority Gestore Servizi Energetici (GSE) has been favoring the market for economical wind turbines.

The process is applicable for wind farms of above 5MW and has been used since 2012. It involves the developers offering the greatest possible discounts from the defined base rate of €127 for each MW/h of generated power.

Siemens wind power and renewables onshore CEO Thomas Richterich said: "The order awarding process in place since 2012 has resulted in greater cost transparency for onshore wind power projects in Italy.

"We are therefore very pleased that we can highlight the efficiency of our direct-drive D3 wind turbines here and especially for three Italian projects at once within one year."

As part of a separate order, the company will deliver new power supply technology for the broadcasting center of the German TV station ZDF in Mainz.

Siemens will be responsible for replacing the existing 20kV medium-voltage switchgear at the center and modernize the protective relay system.

The firm will develop an autonomous control system to control and monitor the entire power supply at the center.