Siemens Gamesa hit a new record in 2019 with the installation of the highest amount of turbines in the last decade. In detail, the company installed 1.2 GW, or 375 wind turbines. This was equal to 75% of the total installed wind energy capacity in the country.
The milestone represented a five-fold increase in the installation figure from the previous year (217 MW), and was up from just 29 MW installed in Spain in 2017.
According to Siemens Gamesa, most of the turbines were designed and manufactured in plants within the country. This helped created local jobs and boost the chain of supply.
In total, turbines were supplied to 15 customers in 30 wind farms located in the Spanish regions of Aragon, Andalucia; Galicia, Castille and León, and Navarre.
2019 ha sido un gran año para Siemens Gamesa en España, ya que hemos alcanzado un nuevo récord al instalar el mayor número de MW de la última década: ¡1,2 GW en total!
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— SiemensGamesaES (@SiemensGamesaES) 15 de enero de 2020
The SG 3.4-123 as the company’s flagship model
Over 80% of the turbines supplied corresponded to the SG 3.4-132 model. The company assures this is one of its most efficient, with a rotor diameter of 132 meters and nominal power of more than 3 MW. Siemens Gamesa is supplying machines with increasingly larger rotors as it transitions to its 4.X platform.
This way, the company is increasing its presence as a turbine manufacturer in Spain, accounting for nearly 55% of the total turbines installed in this nation (more than 13,200). Furthermore, Siemens Gamesa is in charge of the maintenance of nearly 5,600 MW, which is a quarter of the installed capacity installed in the country.
Installing 1.2 GW in just one year has entailed a big challenge for the Construction Department, the company said in a statement.
A total of 15 different main cranes, four brought from a foreign company, were used. The works also included 17 different assembly teams that dedicated more than 850,000 hours to these works.
Additionally, it entailed more than double the number of special transports, compared with the year before, with 5 different companies. A total of 6,000 special transports made to transports all the components; for an average 150 special transports made per week, up from the average 60 per week.
The company highlighted the impact of the Ballestas and Casetona project, located in Burgos. The facility has an installed capacity of 69.3 MW and a total of 20 SG3.4-132 wind turbines.
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