Vineyard Wind 1 Marks Milestone with First GE Haliade-X Turbine Installation
Posted 19/10/2023 12:21
Vineyard Wind 1, a notable offshore wind project in the United States, has reached a significant milestone with the successful installation of its first GE Haliade-X wind turbine generator. The completion of this turbine, characterized by its impressive dimensions and power generation capacity, highlights a major step forward for the offshore wind industry in the country.
Comprising a single tower, three blades, and a nacelle, the fully assembled turbine stands as the largest of its kind in the western world, boasting a remarkable nameplate capacity of 13MW. Partners involved in the project, namely Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), emphasized the turbine's capacity to provide clean energy to over 6,000 homes and businesses across Massachusetts.
Vineyard Wind 1, expected to encompass a total of 62 wind turbines, is designed to generate a substantial 806MW of power, effectively catering to the energy needs of more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the region. This notable endeavor marks a significant stride in the pursuit of clean and sustainable energy solutions.
Avangrid CEO Pedro Azagra expressed his satisfaction with the project's progress, highlighting its pivotal role in facilitating the Northeast region's objectives in clean energy and climate initiatives. He emphasized the continued dedication to the successful completion of the installation campaign, with a focus on delivering power to homes and businesses in Massachusetts by the end of this year.
The construction of Vineyard Wind commenced offshore in late 2022, with subsequent achievements including the initiation of steel-in-the-water in June and the completion of the nation's first offshore substation in July. The project's construction operations are efficiently facilitated through the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, underscoring the commitment to streamlined and effective project execution.