The wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa just announced that it has signed a firm order with ScottishPower Renewables to supply 95 units of its flagship SG 14-236 wind turbine to the East Anglia 3 wind power project in the North Sea. This project has a total capacity of 1.4 GW and marks the first installation of the SG 14-236 in the United Kingdom. When completed, the project will provide clean electricity to 1.3 million UK households.
East Anglia 3 is the second of four projects planned in the ScottishPower Renewables 2.9 GW East Anglia Hub development in the North Sea. The project will cover an area of approximately 305 km² and will be located at its closest point 69 km from the Norfolk coast, in the northern part of the East Anglia zone. Installation is anticipated to begin in spring 2026 and to be completed by the end of that year.
The SG 14-236 DD is Siemens Gamesa’s largest offshore wind turbine and is at the forefront of turbine technology. This wind turbine has already made Siemens Gamesa a preferred supplier for projects totalling another 2.8 GW in Denmark and Poland.
Siemens Gamesa has been severely impacted by the economic challenges facing renewables supply chains. However, this recent order has only been possible due to the parties’ unwavering commitment to support the project. Siemens Gamesa leads the industry in calling upon the UK government to support the renewables industry to deliver more such developments, which are the only way the country can meet its targets for clean, secure and affordable electricity by 2030.
ScottishPower Renewables CEO, Charlie Jordan, says “Continued ambition and innovation in turbine technology by partners such as Siemens Gamesa has allowed ScottishPower to purchase market leading turbines at a scale that will generate enough green energy to supply 1.3 million UK homes.”
A grid connection solution from Siemens Energy will ensure that the electricity produced offshore can be brought to shore. According to the contract signed last year, Siemens Energy will build a converter on the high seas that will collect the alternating current generated by the Siemens Gamesa wind turbines and convert it into direct current for low-loss transmission to the coast. A second converter on land will transform the power back into alternating current so that it can be fed into the local grid and eventually be supplied to consumers.
This project is a critical step towards the successful achievement of the United Kingdom’s decarbonisation of energy and its path to energy independence. It also marks the first deployment of the groundbreaking SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine in UK waters.