Helping France to reach its goal of generating 23% of its power from renewable sources by the year 2020, GE will supply 27 2.85-megawatt (MW) wind turbines and related services for several wind farm projects in northern France. The projects are each owned and built by French developers Boralex Inc., InnoVent GmbH and a Belgic company. The importance of health and safety is shared among the developer companies and GE.
The Picardy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais regions are well suited for wind projects because of high winds and large agricultural areas available for installations. There is already more than 1,000 MW of wind energy in Picardy and 500 MW in Nord Pas-de-Calais.
Slated for installation in three villages in Picardy (Andechy, Goyencourt and Villers-lès-Roye), about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Paris, the Roye projects will include 16 GE 2.85-103 wind turbines. The new Roye projects are located near the existing Laucort and Beuvraignes wind farm built by other developers but also powered by GE wind turbines. For the Fortel projects, GE will install 11 of the same turbines in the village of Fortel-en-Artois, in Nord Pas-de-Calais in northern France.
The contracts include wind turbine manufacturing, shipment, installation and a five-year service agreement. The service agreement covers all planned maintenance such as remote monitoring, routine services, preventative maintenance and on-site and parts support. It also covers unplanned maintenance such as up-tower inspection/repair, condition monitoring and turbine performance and life-extension solutions.
GE’s 2.85-103-MW wind turbine offers high output along with high efficiency, reliability and grid connection capabilities. The rotor length of 103 meters, in combination with GE’s advanced grid integration technology, helps balance power output with rapid demand and dispatch cycles, ensuring that these units support the highest reliability and availability standards within Europe.
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