US port handles 1st Goldwind turbines for Canadian project
76-metre blades for Goldwind turbines. Source: Port of Vancouver USA
The Port of Vancouver USA in Washington state announced on Monday that it got a shipment of components for a total of nine Goldwind turbines made in China that will eventually be installed as part of the 200-MW Golden South wind project in Canada.
The port received the shipment a week ago, saying that it includes the longest wind turbine blades ever to enter the US West Coast and be transported across North America, to date. More specifically, four of the shipped turbines came with 76-metre (249.3 ft) blades and there was also one set of 67-metre units. The remaining blades for the already delivered turbines will arrive on later shipments. Nacelles, generators, hubs, tower sections and other sub-components have also been received.
Four additional ships carrying turbines will arrive later this summer and fall. The port will eventually handle a total of 50 full turbines of both the GW136/4.2 and GW155/4.2 MW models manufactured by China’s Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (HKG:2208).
From the port, the components will be transported to Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, so they can be erected as part of the Golden South wind project, developed by Toronto-based Potentia Renewables. The wind farm is already under construction and is expected to become operational in 2021.