by David McPhee
The creators of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine are on the hunt
for new Scottish projects.
General Electric (GE) Renewable Energy confirmed last night they are
looking to meet with Scottish offshore wind developers with “suitable
projects” for its Haliade-X 12 megawatt (MW) turbine.
The energy firm said it expects its new turbine to be of “great interest to
many developers” in Scotland.
GE Renewable Energy added that it “expects to announce something this year”.
The company are currently working with Scottish Enterprise to examine
potential supply chain opportunities in the sector.
A spokeswoman for Scottish Enterprise said the organisation was “keen” to
ensure Scottish small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are promoted to
large-scale firms such as GE Renewable Energy.
She added: “GE Renewable Energy is looking to partner with and develop
local SMEs to qualify them as Haliade-X suppliers, while helping them to be
more competitive in a global offshore wind environment.
“New offshore wind turbines such as Haliade-X 12 MW pose new challenges to
the industry in terms of size and technology.
“GE wants to work with potential future suppliers to overcome all those
challenges and develop the local supply chain.”
Santiago Chacon, GE Renewable Energy’s offshore wind lead spokesman,
confirmed that the company has tabled a number of bids globally but
couldn’t “comment on specific projects”.
He added: “We are interested in both traditional offshore wind suppliers
and companies from other industries, such as oil and gas, who are
interested in diversifying.”