Siemens to supply 68 wind turbines in Scotland

Siemens has received an order from SSE Renewables (SSER) for the supply of 68 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.3 megawatts (MW) each. These are for the Griffin wind power farm, located approximately 19 miles northwest of Perth in the Scottish Highlands. The wind power farm will have a capacity of 156 MW upon completion in 2012, and is expected to generate enough power to supply over 80,000 homes.

The scope of supply for the Griffin wind farm includes the delivery, installation, and commissioning of 68 of Siemens 2.3-MW turbines. Of the 68 turbines, 61 will have a 101m rotor and 7 will have a 93m rotor. This is the first time that a SWT-2.3-101 will be deployed in the UK. Siemens will also provide services for turbine operation and maintenance for an initial period of five years.

In autumn 2009, Siemens and SSER signed a contract for the supply of wind turbines for SSER’s 350 MW Clyde project in Scotland. This project is planned for commissioning in 2012. “This follow-up order for the Griffin wind farm project from SSER underlines our leading position in the wind power market,” said Jens-Peter Saul, CEO of Siemens Wind Power globally. “Furthermore, the Griffin wind power farm will yield significant benefits for Scotland in terms of jobs and local value creation“. The project will provide over 100 jobs during the construction phase.

Siemens is also heavily engaged in skills and training to support the development of the wind power sector in Scotland and throughout the UK. Earlier this year Siemens announced its involvement with Carnegie College, Rosyth as part of the first pilot Wind Turbine Service Technician apprenticeship programme. This is designed to provide the renewable energy industry with the highly skilled workers who are crucial to the sector’s skills requirements.

Wind turbines are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2009, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about EUR23 billion, making Siemens the world’s largest supplier of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, the company’s products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their CO2 emissions by 210 million tonnes. This amount equals the combined annual CO2 emissions of New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin.

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SonTek/YSI doppler flow sales hike

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 earmarked $14.6 million to the US Geological Survey for upgrades to its 7,500-station national streamgauge network, and in
direct response, USGS has purchased $3.4 million dollars worth of hi-technology electro-acoustic instruments from San Diego-based SonTek/YSI, for use in their national water monitoring programs.

In addition to the popular FlowTracker and Argonaut products, the order also included 33 of the award winning, multi-frequency RiverSurveyor S5/M9 systems. The acoustic Doppler instruments will be used for water velocity measurement in streams, rivers and canals to help provide critical information used to estimate flood dangers, protect fragile ecosystems, construct safe bridges and roadways, and monitor the effects of climate change on water availability.

“The need for rapid and accurate water flow data is not just a need in the USA” said Chris Ward, SonTek/YSI Director of Global Business development: “Over half of our products are exported overseas to water-stressed parts of the world such as China, India, and Australia.” The USGS collects streamflow information to determine how much water is available in different locations across the nation.  Because the effects of climate change on water availability could become a critical issue in certain regions of the nation, accurate long-term streamflow information is necessary to determine how water managers can respond and adapt to these changes.

ABB offshore wind power order worth $700 million

ABB has won an order worth around $700 million from the German transmission grid operator, transpower, to supply an 800-megawatt power link that will connect more offshore wind farms in the DolWin1 cluster, located in the North Sea to the mainland German grid.

ABB will deploy its innovative and environmentally friendly HVDC Light (high-voltage direct current) transmission technology to transmit power from the 400 MW Borkum West II wind farm and other wind farms to be developed nearby. The wind farms will be connected to an offshore HVDC converter station which will transmit electricity to the onshore HVDC station at Dörpen, on the northwest coast of Germany via 165 km of underwater and underground DC cables. The Dörpen/West converter station will in turn feed AC power to the mainland grid.

This is the largest power transmission order in ABB’s history. At 320-kilovolt this will be the highest voltage level of extruded cable ever used for HVDC. ABB will be responsible for system engineering, including design, supply and installation of the offshore platform, the offshore and onshore converter stations, and will also supply and install the sea and land cable systems. ABB is uniquely positioned with in-house manufacturing capability of converter stations,cables and semiconductors.

“Offshore wind power is becoming a key source of large-scale renewable energy and is making a vital contribution to the effort of lowering environmental impact,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. ”ABB has state-of-the-art transmission technologies for integrating renewable energy sources efficiently and ensuring grid reliability and stability.”

HVDC Light transmission systems offer numerous environmental benefits, such as neutral electromagnetic fields, oil-free cables and compact converter stations. It is an ideal solution for connecting remote offshore wind farms to mainland networks, overcoming distance limitations and grid constraints, while ensuring robust performance and minimal electrical losses. Scheduled to be operational in 2013, this network of offshore wind farms is expected to avoid three million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year by replacing fossil-fuel based generation. Germany currently meets about eight percent of its electricity requirements with wind power and expects to double that by 2020. This is the second HVDC Light offshore wind connection supplied by ABB in Germany, the first being the BorWin1 project, the most remote offshore wind farm in the world.

Spectra Energy acquires Bobcat LNG storage assets

Spectra Energy has purchased the Bobcat Gas Storage assets and development project from Haddington Energy Partners and GE Energy Financial Services, for $540 million. In addition to the purchase price, the company expects to invest an additional $400 to $450 million to fully develop the facility by the end of 2015. Once fully operational, the high-deliverability salt dome storage caverns in southeastern Louisiana will have a total working gas storage capacity of 46 billion cubic feet (Bcf).

“We are extremely pleased with the acquisition of these strategically-located natural gas storage facilities, which complement our existing pipeline and storage assets in the region and provide us with a platform for significant future storage growth,” said Greg Ebel, president and chief executive officer, Spectra Energy Corp. “Bobcat’s strategic location in the Gulf Coast and its interconnection with five major interstate pipelines, including our Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline, provides customers with the advantage and flexibility to access all the major markets in the US,” said Ebel.

“Natural gas storage has played and will continue to play an important role in the continent’s energy future,” continued Ebel. “Given the tremendous increase in natural gas supplies, the ongoing increase in natural gas-fired electric generation and the continuing growth in natural gas demand, storage infrastructure will play a vital role in meeting our customers’ needs. This project, which supports our stated plans to deploy approximately $1 billion per year in growth capital through at least 2014, is expected to earn returns on capital employed in the 10 to 12 percent range”.

Once Bobcat is fully developed, Spectra Energy’s total North American storage capacity will be approximately 340 Bcf.