Europe’s largest onshore wind project goes online

17 December 2012 (Last Updated December 17th, 2012 03:30)

Europe’s largest onshore wind project, the 600MW Fantanele/Cogealac wind park in Romania, is now fully operational and generating renewable energy.

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Europe's largest onshore wind project, the 600MW Fantanele/Cogealac wind park in Romania, is now fully operational and generating renewable energy.

GE provided 240 wind turbines to the project, owned by CEZ Romania, including the 1,000th 2.5MW class machine installed by the company across the globe.

Located in the Dobrogea region of Constanta County, the wind park will produce enough clean electricity to power over one million Romanian households annually.

In November 2012, the final wind turbine with 50m-long rotor blades was connected to the regional grid.

Wind turbine components for this power project were produced all over the world, with the turbine nacelles coming from GE's facility in Salzbergen, while rotor blades and towers came from Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

CEZ project manager Ondrej Šafár said: "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."

GE Europe renewable energy general manager Stephan Ritter said that the firm completed the project on time, thanks to detailed planning and clear processes.

"The use of advanced wind turbine technology enables high efficiency and reliability in a wide range of weather conditions. This significantly increases the wind park production capacity," Ritter added.


Image: GE provided 240 turbines for the Fantanele/Cogealac wind park in Romania. Photo: courtesy of Toggan.