Siemens president and chief executive officer Joe Kaeser says, “We can look back on a long and successful partnership with China. The strategic agreement with Huaneng Power International is a next step, which further underlines our relationship. Together with our strategic partner Shanghai Electric, we are looking forward to elevating our cooperation with Huaneng to a whole new level.”
Siemens is also investing more than EUR190 million (GBP160 million) in new offshore production facilities in Great Britain, which will include 6-megawatt class rotor blades for offshore wind turbines along with a new logistics and service centre slated for Hull.
Michael Suess, member of Siemens managing board and chief executive of the Energy Sector notes, “Our decision to construct a production facility for offshore wind turbines in England is part of our global strategy: we invest in markets with reliable conditions that can ensure that factories can work to capacity. The British energy policy creates a favourable framework for the expansion of offshore wind energy. In particular, it recognizes the potential of offshore wind energy within the overall portfolio of energy production.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron adds: “Our constructive political environment enables us to provide new jobs for the wind power industry, together with a reliable and more sustainable energy mix.”
Wind power capacity in the UK has doubled over the past two years to approximately 10 gigawatts. Projects in excess of 40 gigawatts are currently in the long-term planning stages.