On 13 April GE completed the installation of the first offshore wind turbine in French territorial waters, at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. 79 more Haliade 150-6 MW units are due to be installed and commissioned by the end of 2022. This project, led by EDF Renewables and their partners Enbrige and CPP, is the first commercial offshore wind farm in France and at a rated 480 MW will provide the equivalent of 20% of the electricity needs of the French region of Loire-Atlantique once operational.
The nacelles of the 80 Haliade turbines have been assembled in GE's Saint-Nazaire manufacturing facility and the 73m blades were manufactured by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy company.
Jan Kjaersgaard, president & CEO of GE’s Offshore Wind Business commented: “We are proud to celebrate this important moment for the French offshore wind sector in France … [but] while the first offshore wind turbine in France is now installed, it is actually the entire offshore wind industrial network in France that we must recognise and praise. Our teams, along with all the partners involved, now remain focused on the safe installation of the next 79 turbines.”