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Hamburg/Melbourne: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed a Delivery Partnership Agreement with RES Australia and its project partners for the 116-turbine Murra Warra wind farm in Victoria in a consortium with Downer and is now part of Senvion’s conditional order book. The Delivery Partnership Agreement is for the early works which are currently underway and is a precursor to financial close of the project. The wind farm will feature the 3.7M144 turbine type, which is being designed for this project. This product extension is currently being developed and added to the Senvion portfolio for other projects. Jürgen Geissinger, CEO of Senvion, said: “We are very pleased to be collaborating with RES and its project partners on this significant project. This agreement demonstrates that our commitment to deliver optimised products for all wind conditions is highly effective and helps to consolidate Senvion’s strong market position in Australia. It also showcases the confidence of strategic partners in our products.” Raymond Gilfedder, CEO and Managing Director of Senvion Australia said: “The introduction of ambitious renewable energy targets in Victoria has injected new confidence in the local wind energy market. We are very excited to be working with RES Australia and its project partners to deliver the Murra Warra wind farm which will result in significant employment and economic benefits for the local communities around the project.” Prior to joining Senvion Australia, Raymond was Managing Director for Senvion’s Northern Europe hub. Roger Seshan, Strategic Procurement Director of RES, said: “We are delighted to build on our European relationship with Senvion. RES’s global experience and relationships allows us to combine the best elements from our respective markets to deliver our projects. We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship in the Australian market with the Murra Warra wind farm.” Senvion Australia has been delivering wind energy solutions since 2002. The company has delivered over 440 megawatts of wind capacity across 10 projects in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Senvion Australia Pty. Ltd. is the regional subsidiary providing Senvion wind turbine technology and solutions across the Asia Pacific region. About Senvion: Senvion is a leading global manufacturer of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The company develops, produces and markets wind turbines for almost any location – with rated outputs of 2 MW to 6.15 MW and rotor diameters of 82 metres to 152 metres. Furthermore, the company offers its customers project specific solutions in the areas of turnkey, service and maintenance, transport and installation, as well as foundation planning and construction. The systems are designed at the Senvion TechCenter in Osterrönfeld and manufactured at its German plants in Husum (North Friesland), Trampe (Brandenburg) and Bremerhaven, as well as Portugal. With approximately 4,500 employees worldwide, the company makes use of the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of more than 6,600 wind turbines around the world. The company’s operational subsidiary Senvion GmbH is based in Hamburg and represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in European markets such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Sweden, and Poland as well as on a global level in the USA, China, Australia, Japan, India and Canada. Senvion S.A. is listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. About RES Group: The world’s largest independent renewable energy company with a 12 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission. RES has been developing renewable energy in Australia since 2004 with over 350 MW (megawatts) of renewable solar and wind energy installed or currently under construction across Australia. www.res-group.com

Atkins has been appointed by PowerChina Huadong Engineering Co. Ltd (HDEC) to design the offshore substation platform at State Power Investment Corporation’s (SPIC) 300MW Binhai South Phase 3 offshore wind farm in the Yellow Sea. Working collaboratively with HDEC, Atkins will be part of helping China to grow a self-sustainable domestic offshore wind industry and to realise its renewable energy ambitions.

As one of the first British companies to work on a Chinese offshore wind farm, bringing a wealth of experience from its role in helping the European offshore wind industry to mature, Atkins’ scope covers ground engineering and structural work for the offshore substation topside and jacket foundation.

This design contract represents an opportunity for China to benefit from lessons learned and innovations that have helped drive the European offshore wind industry forward, enabling it to be more cost competitive with other forms or electricity generation.

Andy Thompson, Atkins’ market lead for offshore engineering, said: “This project is a tremendous opportunity for international collaboration that will benefit the evolution of offshore wind expertise and help ensure the industry continues to grow as a reliable source of energy.  In line with our strategic ambitions to expand our offshore wind business into new areas, our first step into China working with SPIC and HDEC is an exciting one.”

South-east Asia has the potential to be a major growth market for offshore wind and there are some unique challenges that the ground engineering and foundation design pedigree in Atkins will be well placed to tackle. For example, the sea bed off China’s east coast (within 5-30m depth) is characteristic of soft, silty soils which are different to soil conditions in Europe. Selecting appropriate foundations will therefore be crucial.

Using standardised components and drawing on a proven track record of designing more than a dozen offshore substation platforms in Europe, Atkins’ renewables team will aim to complete the project in half the time whilst ensuring the most rigorous safety standards are met in line with European and international codes.

 

Atkins is one of the leading designers of offshore wind farm substation platforms and foundations in Europe, including the recent installation of Atkins-designed XL monopile foundations at Statoil’s Dudgeon offshore wind farm, and the installation of the Atkins-designed offshore substations at DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Find out more at www.atkinsglobal.com/energy

Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.

Atkins’ Energy business in China

Atkins has signed a cooperation agreement with Taihai Group, one of China’s leading industrial corporations, to explore developing the nuclear decommissioning and waste management sector in China. Read more here.

Recent news on Atkins in offshore wind

Atkins and Aditazz, a Silicon Valley software company transforming the built environment, are working together to develop a new, holistic approach that optimises offshore wind farm projects, dramatically improving the entire design and development process. The approach means better, faster decision making; reducing cost and risk. The technology allows users to simulate and optimise all the variables of an offshore wind farm simultaneously. This new holistic view means that the entire wind farm system can be optimised to produce better results for offshore projects. Find out more here.

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