Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds, a partnership between Ireland-based international wind farm developer Airtricity and US-based construction company Fluor, has signed a deal for the delivery of 140 Siemens 3.6MW wind turbines in 2009 and 2010 for the construction of a wind farm in the UK.
According to Airtricity, the Greater Gabbard wind power station is a step towards the construction of a European super-grid for wind power.
Airtricity chief executive, Eddie O’Connor, said: Airtricity is, along with its partners Fluor and now Siemens, creating a learning platform upon which super-grid will be built. The super-grid is a great venture including wind-powered electricity centers and high voltage grids which will render Europe both energy independent and carbon free.
According to Independent.ie, the wind turbine deal is valued at E750 million. Construction of the proposed wind farm, which will be located off the British coast, is expected to start in the middle of 2009 and be completed by the end of 2010. The facility will generate 500MW of electricity to power more than 415,000 homes.