The First Nacelle Leaves Montoir

The first Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine nacelle to be produced by the new General Electric (former Alstom) factory at Montoir de Bretagne left Montoir on 19th March aboard the MV Palembang, bound for Denmark.

Ordered by EDF EN, the nacelle will be installed at the Osterild test site. For the time being, orders have been placed for seventy-one 6 MW capacity Haliade 150s, namely 5 for the USA and 66 for the future Merkur Offshore wind farm in Germany (for delivery in 2017 and 2018). In total, 238 wind turbines should be built to equip the wind farm facilities off Guérande, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp.

It was with that aim in mind that the new Montoir de Bretagne factory was opened in 2014. Capable of producing up to 100 turbines and nacelles a year, the production facility currently employs 170 people.

The port-based operations were carried out on behalf of Octra Paris by Atlantique Manutention, a subsidiary of SOGEBRAS and idea that specializes in the handling of heavy-lift cargo and wind turbine consignments, in collaboration with terminal operator TGO Great Western Terminal.

This was the first lo-lo handling operation to be conducted for this type of nacelle. The previous nacelles were loaded by ro-ro operation at the Saint Nazaire dock basins. The 422-tonne nacelle was conveyed by specialist haulage firm Transports Scales on 18th March from the factory to the TGO terminal, where it was stored pending loading.

Contacts Atlantique ManutentionJohann Feltgen and Christophe Le Tanter  &
Contact TGOJames Le Cocq

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