March 8 (Renewables Now) - The first GE Haliade 150-6MW turbine has been installed at the 396-MW Merkur offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, GE Renewable Energy said today.
The wind power plant will consist of 66 Haliade turbines, which are expected to be installed by September. Commissioning activities will continue until the end of 2018.
The turbines are being installed by installation vessel SeaFox 5 which is carrying the turbine components from Merkur's logistic hub in Eemshaven, Netherlands. The nacelles, towers and blades are produced in different locations before being shipped to Eemshaven. Nacelles are manufactured in Saint-Nazaire, France, blades are made in Castellon, Spain by LM Wind Power, and towers are produced in Germany and China.
GE Renewable Energy was selected by Merkur Offshore Company to supply the turbines for the wind farm in 2015. The contract includes a 10-year operation and maintenance service.
The company behind the Merkur offshore wind farm is a joint venture between Partners Group, InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME Concessions and Coriolis, which, in turn, is a joint venture between GE Energy Financial Services and ADEME.