Visser & Smit Hanab supports Haliade-X work

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Visser & Smit Hanab has installed 66kV cabling for the 12MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype being installed at Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. This prototype in Rotterdam is part of the $400 million (€320 million) investment in the Haliade-X development announced by turbine manufacturer GE Renewable Energy in March 2018.

Visser & Smit Hanab executed testing of the 1.5km link was carried out on 16 and 17 July 2018 before it was put into operation. The cable connects the turbine to the high-voltage substation at Stedin for the integration generated electricity into the national grid.

Work on the turbine tower started earlier this month, with installation of the turbine expected to be completed later this summer.  Testing will start once the prototype is installed, with initial operations seeing data collected that is needed to obtain type certification. Type certification is an important step ahead of serial production of the hardware in 2021.

Work on the prototype is being completed by GE Renewable Energy in partnership with FututreWind, a joint venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands. Poised to be the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world, the operations in Maasvlakte will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a step towards its aim of commercialising the product in 2021.

The HaliadeX 12 MW is currently being assembled at GE’s factory in Saint-Nazaire, France. Its three LM Wind Power-designed 107-metre blades are being manufactured in Cherbourg, France, and tower sections are being produced in Seville, Spain. All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

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