GE installs first offshore wind turbine at Merkur wind farm


GE Renewable Energy announces today the installation of the first GE HaliadeTM 150-6MW offshore wind turbine at the 396MW Merkur Offshore Wind farm in Germany, located approximately 35 km north of the island of Borkum, in the North Sea. Installation vessel SeaFox 5 sailed from Merkur’s logistic hub in Eemshaven (Netherlands) carrying blades, towers, nacelles and other components needed to start the installation of the first set of wind turbines at sea.

Installation of the 66 GE HaliadeTM 150-6MW wind turbines is expected to finish around September 2018, while commissioning activities will continue until end of the year. In the meantime, remaining nacelles, blades and tower pieces will be shipped to Eemshaven logistic hub until mid-summer 2018, where local teams will perform pre-assembly works.

GE Renewable Energy was selected in June 2015 by Merkur Offshore Company to deliver 66 GE HaliadeTM 150-6 MW offshore wind turbines to what will become one of Germany’s largest offshore windfarms, capable to generate approximately 1,750 MWh annually, enough clean energy to power around 500,000 homes in the region. A 10-year Operation & Maintenance service is also included as part of the contract.

The offshore wind turbines have three main components – nacelles, towers, and blades- that are manufactured in different locations and shipped to Eemshaven, where they are prepared for installation at sea. Nacelles are produced in Saint-Nazaire (France), blades are made in Castellon (Spain) by LM Wind Power, and towers are manufactured in Germany and China.

About the Merkur Windfarm:

Maximum output: 396 MW
Turbines: 66 x Haliade™ 150-6MW
Expected completion: end of 2018
Location: North of Borkum Island (Germany)
Distance from coast: 35 km
Service contract: 10-year full scope service contract
Expected local homes powered: 500,000
Pre-assembly & Commissioning harbor: Eemshaven (Netherlands)
Ownership: Merkur Windfarm GmbH

Source: GE Renewable Energy