Iberdrola, through its UK subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables, has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as the preferred bidder to supply and install some of the world's most powerful and productive offshore wind turbines for its £6.5 billion East Anglia Hub programme. SPR and SGRE have agreed to work together ahead of the next Contracts for Difference auction, scheduled for later this year, to optimise the projects, with the ambition of then signing turbine supply and installation agreements.
Selecting a preferred bidder at such an early stage in the development of the Hub projects creates the opportunity for SPR and SGRE to develop the turbine design and the Hub programme hand in hand, which will help achieve further efficiencies and maximise local supply chain opportunities.
The East Anglia Hub projects have the potential to deliver more than 7.5 % of the UK's 40GW target for offshore wind generation by 2030 as set out in the Government's Ten Point Plan. To deliver on the Plan's ambitions, this year's Contracts for Difference auction will need to ensure sufficient deployment to put the UK on track to achieve this target.
The potential supply and installation of the East Anglia Hub turbines by SGRE would enable SPR to build on the achievements of East Anglia ONE in terms of jobs and UK supply chain content.