Alstom receives first turbine order from Germany

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015 - 12:45
The first Haliade out at sea was installed in the Belgian offshore wind farm Belwin. (Photo: Alstom)
The first Haliade out at sea was installed in the Belgian offshore wind farm Belwin. (Photo: Alstom)

Merkur Offshore has signed a binding Turbine Supply Agreement and Balance of Plant Contract with Alstom and DEME for the construction of the Merkur Offshore wind farm, including supply and installation of 66 Alstom Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbines. Additionally, Alstom has signed a long-term service and maintenance contract.

The future turbines in the 400 MW Merkur Offshore wind farm, located 45 km north of Borkum in the North Sea, will be supplied by Alstom and installed by DEME, while being built and operated by Merkur Offshore. The wind farm project Merkur Offshore has passed all authorisations and has a secured grid connection. The construction will start in 2016 and will be undertaken by GeoSea, a member of the DEME Group.

“This is the largest offshore wind contract signed by Alstom outside France on a major and significant market, coming after the winning of the construction of the first offshore wind farm in the US. The Merkur Offshore contract is also the first offshore wind project led by Alstom in Germany, which is particularly important for our further business development in Germany and Northern Europe. We are very proud to support the energy transition in Germany with this major project”, said Jérôme Pécresse, President of Alstom Renewable Power.

Alstom Haliade 150-6MW is equipped with a direct drive train and a 150 m diameter rotor. The first prototype was installed onshore in 2012 in Le Carnet (France), followed by the first offshore pilot-installation in the wind park of Belwind, 46 km off the Belgian coast. In the meantime, Haliade obtained the DNV-GL certification, officially confirming the engineering, design, production, operation and efficiency of the turbine and service as prerequisite for the commercial operation of Haliade. All Alstom offshore wind turbines will be manufactured in the new French facilities in Saint-Nazaire.

Katharina Garus

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