March 6, 2009 / 12:27 PM / in 10 years

UPDATE 1-Siemens wins 1,800 MW wind turbine contract

* Siemens wins contract for up to 500 wind turbines

* Contract is for turbines with total capacity of 1,800 MW

* Siemens says order is one of the biggest in its history

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COPENHAGEN, March 6 (Reuters) - Danish state-controlled oil and natural gas group DONG Energy said on Friday it had awarded Siemens (SIEGn.DE) a supply contract for up to 500 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of up to 1,800 megawatts.

The wind turbines will be deployed on DONG Energy’s coming offshore wind farms in Northern Europe, the company said in a statement.

No financial details were divulged, but DONG said the supply agreement was the biggest single order ever for offshore turbines. Danish daily Berlingske said on its website the order was worth 20 billion Danish crowns ($3.4 billion).

Siemens Renewable Energy Division head Rene Umlauft said the order was one of the biggest in the history of the German firm.

DONG said the turbines that Siemens will deliver have a capacity of 3.6 megawatts each and are similar to the turbines in operation at DONG’s Burbo Banks offshore wind farm in the Liverpool Bay.

“Permitting procedures and country-specific wind regime economics will determine where and when the individual projects will be built,” DONG said. (Reporting by Copenhagen Newsroom, editing by Will Waterman)

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