GE 'thinking about the UK Haliade-X plant'
According to a report in the Financial Times newspaper today, GE Renewable Energy is considering setting up a plant in the UK to construct 13MW Haliade-X turbines for the 3600MW Dogger Bank offshore wind complex off the east coast of England.
Three sites are being investigated, two in the north-east of England and one in Scotland, which could generate at least 3000 jobs, the news report said.
"While GE Renewable Energy is excited about the UK offshore wind market and dedicated to maximizing opportunities for UK-based producers, we have not made any specific announcements at this stage," GE said.
"A well-placed local source poured cold water on the report saying: "There are no firm plans for anything as far as I know.
"Around blades and towers, different things have been discussed, but I suspect GE will soon turn around and say they're going to go with France due to Brexit uncertainty and Covid-19."
For the first two 1.2 GW phases of the Dogger Bank complex, a total of 190 13 MW Haliade-X machines will be used and the company is the preferred third stage bidder.
Last autumn, after the US manufacturer was appointed preferred bidder, Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State at the BEIS Energy Department, wrote to the developers of the giant Dogger Bank wind complex, SSE Renewables and Equinor.
He reminded SSE and Equinor, as reported at the time by subscriber-only newsletter reNEWS, that they have committed to a key joint industry government sector agreement pledge to achieve a 60% UK content target by 2030, specifically mentioning a pledge to increase local content during the capital investment phase.
As such, I would expect projects from this CfD auction and the next auctions to show gradually increasing levels of UK content from the current 48 percent level," he wrote."
The US company planned to supply nacelles and blades from French installations for the Dogger Bank complex.
Kwarteng noted that turbines are the largest single component of capital expenditure," stressing that he was "willing to understand how Equinor and SSE will work to maximize the UK benefit from this order with GE Renewables."