Thursday, December 1, 2011

Goteborg Energi and GE start construction of 4 MW offshore wind turbine in Gothenburg harbour in Sweden

Goteborg Energi and GE have started construction on the first GE 4.1-113 offshore turbine in the Gothenburg, Sweden harbour, the two companies announced at the European Wind Energy Association's (EWEA) Offshore 2011 conference in Amsterdam.

"We are delighted that after two years of planning and coordinating, everything is coming together. The wind turbine could not be placed any better: while it is located onshore, which makes it easily accessible, it is right at the water front and exposed to offshore weather conditions. For the people of Gothenburg, this project is a milestone in achieving our goal to produce more green energy for the city and the country," said Jonas Cognell, director of Renewable Electricity at Goteborg Energi.

The turbine is located in Risholmsvagen, an area located at the harbour entrance and the door to Sweden, well-situated from a logistical point of view. The nacelle, tower and blades will arrive by boat. The installation is planned to be finished by mid-December. The foundation, with a 21 meter diameter, is pile-driven into the rock. Completion of the installation and connection to the grid is planned for the end of this year.

"We are very proud to help Sweden in promoting green energy with the installation of our first 4.1-113 wind turbine in the harbour of Gothenburg," said Vincent Schellings, Offshore Product Leader for GE Energy. "The successful project is due to great teamwork with Goteborg Energi and Chalmers University as key partner. The 4.1-113 offshore turbine features one of the industry's most mature offshore direct-drive designs, and builds on our onshore experience with over 17,000 units operating globally."

Source: Business Wire Press Release dated November 30, 2011

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