GE Renewable Energy ships its first offshore wind turbines nacelles to US

GE Renewable Energy ships its first offshore wind turbines nacelles to US

The GE Renewable Energy offshore wind turbine plant in Saint-Nazaire, France is completing the manufacturing of its first commercial series of Haliade offshore wind turbine nacelles.

The five 370-tonne nacelles are set to begin their voyage to the United States over the next few days. They will equip the Block Island Wind Farm, the first of its kind in the US.

The 300MW Block Island project is located off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island on the East Coast of the US. The Haliade turbines, ordered by Deepwater Wind will be installed in August.

The wind farm will generate 125,000MWh of electricity per year, enough to supply electric power to 17,000 households.

“This marks a milestone for the company and we are proud to contribute to the Block Island project, the first offshore wind farm in the United States,” said Anders Soe-Jenson, CEO of GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore Wind unit.

“This demonstrates our readiness to respond to expanding international demand. We are well positioned to become a major player in offshore wind energy, and to lead in the energy transition across the world.”

The Saint-Nazaire site, inaugurated in December 2014, was designed to produce up to 100 turbines per year.

The Saint-Nazaire plant will also be the assembly site for 66 wind turbines intended for the Merkur wind farm in Germany, followed by the 238 turbines expected to equip the three French wind farms in Saint-Nazaire, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp, installed by EDP Energies Nouvelles.

Jeffrey Grybowski, Deepwater Wind CEO said: “We’re proud that America’s first offshore wind farm will feature, in GE’s Haliade turbine, some of the world’s most innovative offshore wind technology.”