GE Renewable Energy is to install the prototype of its 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine at a site in the Port of Rotterdam.
The company has concluded an agreement with Future Wind (a joint venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) to install the Haliade-X 12-MW prototype in the Maasvlakte-Rotterdam area mid-2019. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service operation and maintenance agreement.
The Haliade-X 12-MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a type certificate, a key step in commercialising the product in 2021.
GE Renewable Energy vice president and chief executive John Lavelle said, “As we rapidly progress on assembling the Haliade-X prototype, this announcement is a critical step forward for GE and our customers. The Port of Rotterdam provides all the necessary conditions to test the Haliade-X in the most drastic weather conditions.”
Sif Holdings Netherlands will install the Haliade-X 12 MW on the Sif site in Rotterdam.
Activity in Rotterdam to prepare the site for installation have just begun. The nacelle of the Haliade-X 12MW prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire in France. Three 107-m LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg, France, and the tower sections will be produced in Seville in Spain. All of the components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.
This prototype in Rotterdam is part of a US$400M investment in developing the Haliade-X announced by GE Renewable Energy in March 2018.
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