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GE completes the installation of France’s first offshore wind turbine

GEGE has completed the installation of the first offshore wind turbine in French seas, at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. 79 other Haliade 150-6MW 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 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 150-6MW 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 says, “We are proud to celebrate this important moment for the French offshore wind sector in France along with EDF Renewables, Enbridge and CPP. 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.”