Siemens gets turbine order for 151-MW Grant Wind project in Oklahoma

Siemens Corp. said on Sept. 30 that it has gotten an order by Apex Clean Energy to supply, support installation and provide long-term service for 66 wind turbines for the Grant Wind project in Grant County, Oklahoma.

The Grant Wind project follows an announcement from earlier this year that Siemens is providing turbines, service and financing for Apex Clean Energy’s Kay Wind project in Kay County, Oklahoma. Siemens’ Financial Services division is supporting the project’s construction financing with $50 million.

Installation of the turbines is scheduled to begin in October 2015, with the start of operations expected in the spring of 2016. Upon completion of the project, Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power will acquire the wind farm from Apex Clean Energy, marking the company’s second wind project. Apex will continue to serve as asset manager of the project, with Siemens providing service.

“Combining equipment, service and financing, the Grant Wind project represents the full spectrum of resources Siemens brings to America’s wind power industry,” said Jacob Andersen, CEO Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division.

“Apex is pleased to be working with Siemens once again,” said Mark Goodwin, president of Apex Clean Energy, “and we are glad that so many of the components for Grant Wind turbines will be produced within the region.”

A long-term service and maintenance agreement was also signed for the turbines and includes Siemens’ remote monitoring and diagnostic services, which offer a proactive approach to service and maintenance to help bolster the performance of the turbines during their lifetime. Additionally, Siemens is supplying the project’s main generator step up transformer.

The 151-MW project will feature Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, each with a power rating of 2.3 MW and 53 meter blades. The Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines are part of the company’s G2 platform of onshore geared products – the workhorse of Siemens’-installed portfolio with rotor diameters optimized for all wind conditions. The nacelles for the Grant Wind project will be assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, and the blades will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Southern Power on Sept. 9 had announced an agreement to acquire the company’s second wind project – the 151-MW Grant Wind facility in Oklahoma – from Apex Clean Energy. The acquisition is expected to close in March 2016 upon successful completion of project construction. In March, Southern Power announced an agreement to acquire its first wind project – the 299-MW Kay Wind facility in Oklahoma, also from Apex Clean Energy – which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Siemens noted in its Sept. 30 announcement that it recently achieved the 10-GW installed capacity milestone in the Americas, with its 5,600 installed wind turbines in Canada, the U.S. and South America. Nearly 5,000 wind turbines are installed in the U.S.

Siemens Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse. With 348,000 employees in more than 200 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $98 billion in fiscal 2014.

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