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GE has signed turbine supply contracts for various wind projects in Germany, Scotland, Sweden and France, with a combined capacity of more than 200MW.

In Germany, the company won an order to supply 44 GE 2.5-120 wind turbines for eight new wind farms.

Of the eight wind projects, three are being developed by Juwi and two have been initiated by Pfalzwerke, while the remaining three projects are owned by Abo-Wind and Max Bögl Wiesner.

In Scotland, GE will supply ten 1.6MW turbines for SSE Renewables’ Langhope Rig project in the Scottish Borders.

Under the contract, GE will also offer operations and maintenance for the wind farm working in conjunction with SSE Renewables.

With the support of GE, the Langhope Rig project targets to assist the Scottish Government in achieving renewable energy targets.

SSE Renewables corporate affairs (wholesale) Kirstanne McDowell said that GE’s wind turbines were the right fit for the Langhope Rig wind farm site, and SSE is delighted to work closely with GE as construction at the site progresses.

In Sweden, GE has signed an agreement with Erikshester Vindpark for setting up six GE 1.6-100 turbines on the Erikshester wind farm located in Vetlanda.

The contract also includes a five-year service agreement. The facility will benefit from remote monitoring and diagnostics through GE’s global wind monitoring center in Salzbergen, Germany.

The Erikshester wind farm will produce 9.6MW, which would be sufficient for around 6,000 homes in Sweden.

In France, GE has secured a contract for supplying 27 GE 2.85MW turbines from Boralex and Innovent Invest. The turbines will be used in two projects being developed in Picardy and Nord Pas-de-Calais.

"The Erikshester wind farm will produce 9.6MW, which would be sufficient for around 6,000 homes in Sweden."

The contracts include wind turbine manufacturing, shipment, installation and a five-year service agreement.

Boralex managing director Europe Patrick Decostre said that the company had made a formal commitment to promote occupational health and safety in all of its installations worldwide, and look for suppliers who are willing to partner with us to achieve those goals.

Decostre said, "GE’s wind technology is amongst the world’s best and its high-power output and reliability will ensure project success, but what attracted us just as much was that GE shares our view on the importance of health and safety issues.

"GE showed it is willing to work with us jointly in those areas and was flexible and helpful in structuring their services to support our needs."

Image: GE receives over 200MW wind turbine orders in Europe. Photo: courtesy of GE.