GE Renewable Energy will open a new offshore wind energy factory and operation and development center in Guangdong province. The new factory will help GE Renewable Energy to serve the rapidly growing offshore wind power demand in the region and throughout China. The new operation and development center will perform R&D activities and become GE’s regional Offshore Wind Sales and Project Management main office.
The new GE offshore wind factory in Jieyang will help to meet growing demand for offshore wind energy in Chinese and will serve domestic and regional projects. Site construction is expected to begin at the end of this year, completed in 2021 and will start assembly production in the second half of 2021. GE’s offshore wind factory will be part of a dedicated offshore wind industrial park in Jieyang, which aims to develop an offshore wind cluster with a marshaling harbor and industry-related suppliers, to serve local and regional projects.
GE’s new Operation and Development Center in Guangzhou will perform research and development activities focused on regional needs. The site will also support customers by optimizing project costs, training, data management and operation and maintenance services.
According to GE Renewable Energy, China is poised to become one of the largest offshore wind markets in the world, and according to Guangdong’s Offshore Development Master Plan, 66 GW will come from the Guangdong region alone towards 2030. GE Renewable Energy will use the technology of its Haliade-X 12 MW, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine.
GE’s new offshore wind factory in China will serve regional projects, while the Saint-Nazaire assembly site in France, currently manufacturing the Haliade-X 12 MW prototype, will continue to serve all other international projects.
The company says its Haliade-X 12 MW is an investment that will contribute to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy by making it more competitive. One Haliade-X 12 MW turbine can generate up to 67 GWh of gross annual energy production, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000 European households and save up to 42 million metric tons of CO2.