Preparing the site for the Haliade 12-X 12 MW

Preparing the site that will host GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world, to be installed in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam, Netherlands, in partnership with FutureWind.

Haliade-X 12 MW is currently being assembled at GE’s factory in Saint-Nazaire, France, while its three LM Wind Power-designed 107-metre blades are being manufactured in Cherbourg, France, and tower sections produced in Seville, Spain. All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

Last week the projectteam Pondera Consult/Sif visited the GE plant in Nantes to see the production of this enormous wind turbine.

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Pondera in Vietnam with PM Rutte for trade mission

Eric Arends, partner at Pondera Consult, is currently partaking in a trade mission to Vietnam, organised by VNO-NCW. The mission lasts from the 7th to the 12th of April. The cities of Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City will be visited during the mission. Apart from Pondera Consult, companies from other industries, such as Agriculture, Water and Logistics are also represented.

Prime Minister Rutte himself will be present in Vietnam on Tuesday, April 9th. He will speak with Prime Minister Phuc on the strengthening of the mutual relationships and on the possibilities to improve and intensify the mutual trade. Moreover, the collaboration on topics such as water, agriculture, food security and climate change is a conversation topic. Several treaties, contracts and agreements aiming for closer co-operation will be signed with both heads of government present. PM Rutte will also meet the Vietnamese president Nguyen Phu Trong and the chairman of the parliament, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Pondera Consult will function as the offshore wind expert during the trade mission. We wrote about the opportunities for wind energy in Vietnam. Moreover, Eric Arends attended the offshore wind roundtable in Vietnam in 2018, in preparation for this year’s trade mission.

Ground breaking ceremony at future Haliade-X 12 MW

Future Wind (the Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) organized a symbolic ground-breaking event that took place in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, to celebrate the start of preparatory activities to host GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam. The first activities on the ground started early this year with the construction of the Haliade-X 12MW foundation, that will contain 50 piles that will be covered by a 28-meter long foundation plate. Activities to prepare foundation will continue until the arrival of Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle, blades and tower prototype parts later in the summer.

Alderman Arno Bonte joined the ceremony and stressed the importance of this project for the Municipality and the Port of Rotterdam. ”This special offshore wind turbine symbolises the transition from a fossil based economy towards an economy based on renewables. Wind energy at sea will be one of the main power sources in the Netherlands for the coming decades and the Rotterdam city and harbour is ready to play an important role in this transition.”

Hans Rijntalder and Diederik de Bruin, managers Future Wind “We are very pleased to accommodate the Haliade X-12MW, it marks a new step in offshore wind and supports the purpose of Sif and Pondera to encourage the improvement of the wind energy sector”. 

Vincent Schellings, CTO and General Manager Product Management for GE’s Renewable Energy Offshore Wind business and leader of the Haliade-X 12 MW project said, “We are very excited about our prototype in Rotterdam, and we are on schedule to install the biggest and more powerful wind turbine in the world, that will contribute to make offshore wind energy more competitive.”

This Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain the Type Certificate in 2020 and ship the first commercial units in 2021.

GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW is currently being assembled at GE’s factory in Saint-Nazaire, France, while its three LM Wind Power-designed 107-metre blades are being manufactured in Cherbourg, France, and tower sections produced in Seville, Spain. All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

This prototype in Rotterdam is part of the $400 (€320) million investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE Renewable Energy in March 2018 to help reduce offshore wind’s cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean, renewable energy.

Early this year GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind announced that they signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL) during summer 2019. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full-service Operation and Maintenance agreement.