Siemens Power Generation has agreed to supply its advanced wind power technology to support New Zealand in its endeavor to build up a carbon-neutral electricity sector by 2025.

State-owned Meridian Energy, one of New Zealand’s largest electricity producers, has ordered 62 Siemens turbines for its 140MW West Wind project, located 15km west of the state capital Wellington.

The new order from New Zealand is the first large order for the Siemens Wind Power from the Pacific Region. The 62 wind turbines for the West Wind project have a capacity of 2.3MW each and are to be delivered at the end of 2008. The total scope of supply includes installation, startup, project management and a two-year service agreement. The wind farm is expected to start full commercial operation in the second half of 2009.

Andreas Nauen, head of Siemens’s wind power division, said: Siemens technology will play an important role in building up a carbon-neutral energy sector in New Zealand. We will deliver our most advanced wind power technology to support New Zealand’s plans for climate protection. Our wind turbines are reliable, cost-efficient and climate friendly and will help to secure a sustainable future energy supply in the Pacific region and on a global scale.