Subject to a final notice to proceed, GE Renewable Energy has finalised supply and service contracts with Ocean Wind, the Ørsted Project located 24 km off the coast of southern New Jersey
Ocean Wind will feature GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine with an option to utilise the 13-MW variant. The agreements include a five-year service and warranty agreement to provide operational support for the wind turbines along with Ørsted’s operations and maintenance team.
The Haliade-X 13 MW uses the same design as the 12 MW, so the size and dimensions of the turbines are identical. However, GE Renewable Energy engineers have optimised the turbine by making enhancements to the cooling system and related electrical equipment so that it can produce more power.
GE Renewable Energy president and chief executive John Lavelle said, “We appreciate the continued confidence that Ørsted has shown in our Haliade-X turbine.
“We are excited to be a part of New Jersey’s inaugural offshore wind project and look forward to a long partnership with both Ørsted and the Garden State.”
Ørsted Offshore executive vice president and chief executive Martin Neubert said, “For decades, Ørsted has worked closely with suppliers to bring down the cost of electricity from offshore wind by introducing new and innovative technology.
“The ever-increasing capacity of wind turbines has been fundamental to making offshore wind energy competitive with electricity from fossil fuel generation. We look forward to working with GE on deploying the new turbine on our mid-Atlantic projects.”
GE said the blades for the Haliade-X will continue to be tested at the Wind Technology Testing Center at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in Boston.
In addition, the Haliade-X prototype unit in the Netherlands, which set a world record in January 2020 by being the first wind turbine to produce 288 MWh in one day, will be operating at 13 MW in the coming months as part of its ongoing testing process.
The Haliade-X 12 and 13 MW configurations have both received type certificates from DNV GL.