In April 2012, the consortium led by EDF EN for which Alstom is the exclusive turbine supplier won 3 offshore wind farms in France (Saint-Nazaire, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp for a total of around 240 wind turbines). Alstom has since confirmed setting up of four facilities in France : 2 in Saint-Nazaire dedicated to nacelles and generators assembly, 2 in Cherbourg for blades and towers manufacturing. Saint-Nazaire factories have been inaugurated in December 2014, in the presence of French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls. They will be fully operational in early 2015.
The first Haliade™ 150-6MW has successfully obtained the IEC power performance measurement (power curve) after 3 months of performance measurements at Le Carnet site, in France.
At the end of 2013, Alstom installed Haliade™ off the coasts of Ostend harbour at the Belwind site in Belgium. This is the largest offshore wind turbine ever installed in sea waters. This installation will help in confirming how the machine behaves within the offshore environment for which it was specifically designed and developed.
In 2014, Alstom signed a contract to supply 5 offshore wind turbines for Deepwater Wind’s 30-MW Block Island pilot Wind Farm located off the coast of Rhode Island, USA.
The project, scheduled for commissioning in 2016, will be one of the first offshore wind farms in the U.S. and will be the world’s first to feature Alstom’s Haliade™ 150-6 MW.
Thanks to its unique innovative and proven technology, Alstom is a key player in the offshore wind market, delivering efficient, reliable and environmentally-friendly power solutions to its customers.