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, with five of the 370-tonne nacelles scheduled to begin their voyage to the United States in mid-July.
They will equip the Block Island offshore wind farm, the first of its kind in the U.S., said GE in a July 11 statement. The Block Island project is located off the coast of Block Island, near Providence, Rhode Island. The turbines, ordered by Deepwater Wind, will be installed starting in August. With a total capacity of 30 MW, the Block Island offshore farm will produce 125,000 MWh of electricity per year.. It will be connected to the grid by the end of 2016.
“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. This demonstrates our readiness to respond to not only the French but also expanding international demand. We are destined to become a major player in offshore wind energy, and to lead in the energy transition in France and across the world,” said Jérôme Pécresse, Chairman and CEO of GE Renewable Energy.
The industrial site at Saint-Nazaire, 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 slated to equip the three French wind farms in Saint-Nazaire, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp installed by EDF Energies Nouvelles.
The 6-MW Haliade turbine was specifically designed for a marine environment. Thanks to its 150-meter blades, its output is 15% higher than the offshore turbines of the same generation, said GE.
GE Renewable Energy is a “start-up” within General Electric (NYSE: GE) and brings together one of the broadest and deepest portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Today, the company has the largest renewable energy installed base with 370 GW and is present is more than 40 countries.