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Ørsted Will Deploy GE’s 12MW Giant Turbine in Two US Windfarms

GE Renewable Energy picked as the preferred turbine supplier for Skipjack and Ocean Wind farms which will mark the world’s first commercial deployment of GE’s Haliade-X

The massive turbines are planned to be deployed at Skipjack wind farm(120MW) off the coast of Maryland. The expected date of commissioning is 2022. Ocean Wind (1,100MW) off the coast of New Jersey. 2024 is the projected date of commissioning.

Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, says, “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 drive down the cost of electricity, and today offshore wind is a competitive source of homegrown 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.”

The Haliade-X boasts a 220-metre rotor, 260-metre tip height and 12MW nameplate capacity. When completed it will be the world’s tallest and most powerful offshore wind turbine. It is undergoing testing at the moment. A nacelle built at GE’s production site in Saint-Nazaire, is at prototype-testing site at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

One of the turbine’s 107-metre-long blades has been shipped from GE’s facility in Cherbourg to ORE Catapult’s testing facility in Blyth in the UK.

Jerome Pecresse, President & CEO of GE Renewable Energy, says, “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 30MW Block Island Wind Farm – America’s first offshore wind farm which was commissioned in 2016 and pioneered the 6MW Haliade turbine – Skipjack and Ocean Wind will be Ørsted’s second and third offshore wind farms to deploy turbines from GE Renewable Energy. In the US, Ørsted has been awarded the rights to build offshore wind farms to serve the markets of Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut. These wind farms will have a total capacity of approx. 2.9GW and will be commissioned by 2024.

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