Ørsted has selected GE Renewable Energy as its preferred turbine supplier for two of its offshore windfarms in the US, projects that will be the first commercial deployment of GE’s Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine
Subject to a signed contract and all required approvals for the projects being obtained, Ørsted will deploy the Haliade-X 12MW wind turbines on the windfarms in its mid-Atlantic cluster: Skipjack (120 MW) off the coast of Maryland, due to be commissioned in 2022; and Ocean Wind (1.1 GW), off the coast of New Jersey, due to be commissioned in 2024.
Ørsted Offshore chief executive Martin Neubert said, “We look forward to introducing the next generation offshore wind turbine to the market.
“For decades, Ørsted has pioneered the introduction of new technology and new suppliers which has been fundamental to driving down the cost of electricity.
“Today offshore wind is a competitive source of clean energy that can help countries and states achieve their climate targets while creating long-lasting economic activity. We are delighted to see GE’s long-term commitment to offshore wind and to partner with them on our mid-Atlantic cluster.”
GE Renewable Energy president and chief executive Jerome Pecresse said, “We are truly excited to be selected preferred supplier with the most powerful offshore wind turbine on the market by the global market leader.
“Offshore wind is a high-growth segment for our company, and like Ørsted, we are enthusiastic about the potential of offshore wind, both in the US and globally.
“As this announcement demonstrates, our significant investment in technology innovation, which leverages all appropriate resources within GE, positions us to help our customers lower the cost of energy produced by clean, abundant, reliable offshore wind. We thank Ørsted for their trust and commitment.”
Following the 30-MW Block Island Wind Farm – America’s first offshore windfarm, which was commissioned in 2016 and pioneered the 6-MW Haliade turbine – Skipjack and Ocean Wind will be Ørsted’s second and third offshore windfarms to deploy turbines from GE Renewable Energy.
In the US, Ørsted has been awarded the rights to build offshore windfarms to serve markets in Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut. These windfarms will have a total capacity of approximately 2.9 GW and will be commissioned by 2024.