Following an announcement 2 weeks ago of the United States Offshore projects with Orsted, the provider of offshore wind power technologies, GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Dogger bank as the supplier for three 1 200 MW projects in the UK. GE Renewable Energy is to erect Haliade-X 12 MW, the most powerful wind turbine in the largest offshore wind farm in the world, 130 km off the Yorkshire coast. This project represents a potential overall volume of 400 wind turbines to be manufactured and it is excellent news in particular for Normandy, where the GE factory in Cherbourg produces the rotor blades specific to these turbines. Phase 1 of the project will be underway in 2023.
“These two projects are excellent news for Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and Normandy. They are the demonstration of GE Renewable Energy’s professionalism and their investment in France for the production of wind turbines and rotor blades. They are also a bolster to the investments made in the port of Cherbourg (€60M) by the local authorities and piloted by Ports of Normandy. With these projects, hundreds of direct jobs are guaranteed for at least five years, as well as work for numerous subcontractors.” said Hervé Morin, President of the Normandy Region, Marc Lefevre, President of the Manche département, Benoît Arrivé, Mayor of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and Jean-Louis Valentin, President of Cotentin, all elected representatives of the Ports of Normandy area, in a joint declaration.