600 MW wind farm in Romania finalised
The final wind turbine for Fantanele/Cogealac wind farm in Romania was connected to the regional grid in late November.
CEZ Group´s 600 MW wind farm thus is now in full operation and is producing enough cleaner energy to power more than one million Romanian households each year. The project utilizes 240 GE 2.5 MW wind turbines, including the 1,000th 2.5 MW class machine installed by GE worldwide.
The new wind park is located in Dobrogea, Constanta County, which is one of the most promising wind power regions in Romania. The individual wind turbine components for the Fantanele/Cogealac wind farm were produced all over the world. The turbine nacelles were supplied from GE’s facility in Germany. The rotor blades and towers came – apart from Germany – from Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and China.
The size of the components – one rotor blade measures nearly 50 m in length – and the number of units required comprehensive planning. Twelve modes of transportationwere needed to move all of the components for each wind turbine from the port of Constanta on the Black Sea to the project construction site. At peak times, 25 cranes were in action at once at one of the largest building sites in Europe.
The project owner, CEZ Romania, is part of CEZ Group, the largest utility in Central Europe. “We chose GE because of its proven technology and the extensive experience of its project teams. The 2.5 MW technology offers the efficiency, availability and energy performance that will safeguard our success,” said Ondřej Šafář, CEZ project manager. “Thanks to the Fantanele-Cogealac wind farm, CEZ is making a major contribution to increasing Romania’s renewable energy generation. Before this project, Romania’s installed wind capacity was only 14 megawatts.”
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