Siemens to again supply turbines for an Apex wind project in Oklahoma

Siemens announced Aug. 29 that it is filling an order from Apex Clean Energy to deliver and service 64 wind turbines for the Grant Plains Wind facility located in Grant County, Oklahoma.

The 147-MW project is expected to be operational later this year. This latest collaboration follows Siemens’ successful completion of two previous orders from Apex Clean Energy in Oklahoma within the past year: the Grant Wind and Kay Wind facilities, both owned by Southern Co. (NYSE: SO subsidiary Southern Power. Combined, these three wind projects total nearly 600 MW.

“We are very pleased to receive an additional order from Apex Clean Energy to supply turbines and service in Oklahoma, strengthening the state’s national leadership in wind energy,” said Jacob Andersen, CEO Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division.

“Siemens and Apex have established a great working relationship on these three Oklahoma projects, and we look forward to seeing Grant Plains cross the finish line this year,” added Mark Goodwin, president and COO of Apex.

Grant Plains Wind will feature Siemens’ SWT-2.3-108 wind turbine, with a rotor diameter of 108 meters and a hub height of 80 meters. 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.

A long-term service and maintenance agreement was 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.

The nacelles and hubs for the Grant Plains Wind facility have been assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, and the blades have been manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Southern Power on Aug. 29 had separately announced the acquisition of the 147-MW Grant Plains wind facility from Apex Clean Energy. “The acquisition of the Grant Plains wind facility is an important step in strategically growing our renewable energy portfolio,” said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. “This project aligns with our business model and underscores our commitment to developing wind generation.”

Grant Plains will be Southern Power’s third wind facility in Oklahoma, including the adjacent 151-MW Grant Wind facility and the 299-MW Kay Wind facility, both also acquired from Apex.

Apex is managing the construction and will operate and maintain the facility upon completion. IEA Renewable Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives LLC, is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

Siemens Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse. With 348,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $86.2 billion in fiscal 2015.

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