For the first time, Siemens has received orders for the supply of wind turbines for sites in Poland. RWE Innogy, the new renewable energy unit established by the German utility RWE, has ordered 33 units from Siemens, each with a capacity of 2.3 megawatts (MW). These wind turbines are to be installed at the projects Suwalki in Masuria and Tychowo in Western Pomerania and are scheduled to commence operation by autumn 2009. The total order volume for Siemens amounts to approximately EUR 100 million.
The scope of the order placed with Siemens includes not only the supply of 33 wind turbines with a total capacity of 76 MW, but also erection and commissioning. In addition, RWE Innogy has concluded a service contract with Siemens that covers a period of 5 years. 18 wind turbines are to be installed at the Suwalki wind farm, 15 turbines are to be erected at the Tychowo wind farm. RWE Innogy is implementing this project in cooperation with the Polish company Polish Energy Partners S.A.
Poland ranks among Europe’s most promising wind energy markets. Estimates by the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA) indicate that over 13,000 MW of wind power generating capacity could be installed in Poland by 2020. Wind turbines that feed power into the Polish grid today have a modest total capacity of less than 300 MW, despite the outstanding wind conditions prevailing in large sections of the country. “The Polish wind power market will grow significantly in importance in the years ahead”, said Andreas Nauen, head of Siemens’ wind power business. “Siemens realized the importance of Poland as a future market for wind power early on, and we are pleased to erect two wind farms there for the first time on behalf of RWE.”
Kevin McCullough, COO of RWE Innogy: "The erection of these two wind farms is an important step for us with a view to expanding our position in Poland. We are happy to have Siemens as a reliable and competent partner on our side."