Siemens reached a United Kingdom milestone of two gigawatt (2 GW) generation capacity last month with the installation of turbine E1 at the Gunfleet Sands wind farm off the Essex coast. This milestone has been achieved less than 18 months after Siemens completed installation of its first gigawatt of wind turbine capacity, making the company's installations the largest offshore power base in Europe.
Siemens recently announced the installation of its 1,000th U.K. turbine, a milestone which also was reached at the Gunfleet Sands wind farm. The Gunfleet Sands wind farm is owned by Dong Energy, the world's leading operator of offshore wind farms.
Siemens provides 40 percent of the U.K.'s wind turbine generating capacity and is the market leader in offshore wind turbines in the U.K., including the recent award to the SMartwind consortium of the 4 GW contract for the "Hornsea" zone of the Round 3 wind farm program.