GE Renewable Energy’s prototype Haliade-X, a 12MW WTG, was loaded on to the BigLift vessel Happy Sky in the port of Montoir, St Nazaire, France, on Monday 13 August and arrived in Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte 2 Harbour at 15.00 on Wednesday 15 August. It will be installed onshore here for a 5 year for period of testing and a 15 year full services operation and maintenance term. The Haliade-X is currently the largest wind turbine in the world.
GE Renewable Energy said that a prototype of the Haliade-X 12 MW would be installed onshore in the Netherlands in order to “simplify access for testing.” Another nacelle is being assembled with a view to testing it in “actual operational conditions” at a site in the U.K.
The loading of the 713 t nacelle in Montoir was undertaken by Sogebras, a member of the Heavy Lift Group.

 

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