Europe’s Largest Onshore Wind Project Now in Service with GE 2.5-Megawatt Wind Turbines

  Europe’s Largest Onshore Wind Project Now in Service with GE 2.5-Megawatt
  Wind Turbines

  *CEZ Group’s Fantanele/Cogealac Wind Park in Romania Commissioned and
    Connected to the Grid
  *240 GE Wind Turbines Producing 600 Megawatts of Cleaner Energy
  *Project Provides Major Boost to Romania’s Renewable Energy Generation

Business Wire

SALZBERGEN, Germany -- December 13, 2012

CEZ Group’s 600-megawatt Fantanele/Cogealac wind park, Europe’s largest
onshore wind project, now is 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-megawatt wind turbines, including the 1,000^th
2.5-megawatt (MW) class machine installed by GE worldwide.

The final wind turbine for Fantanele/Cogealac was connected to the regional
grid in late November. The new wind park is located in Dobrogea, Constanta
County, Romania, which is one of the most promising wind power regions in the
country. 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-megawatt 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.”

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 Salzbergen, Germany. The rotor blades and towers came from
Germany, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and China. The size of
the components—one rotor blade measures nearly 50 meters in length—and the
number of units required comprehensive planning. Twelve modes of
transportation were 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.

“Detailed planning, clear processes and a lot of dedication ensured that the
project was completed on time,” said Stephan Ritter, GE’s general manager for
renewable energy in Europe. “We were able to feed the experience we gained
during the construction phase straight back into the project. We are very
proud of the outstanding achievement of our project team.”

Ritter added, “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.”

An evolutionary product, the 2.5 offers high efficiency and reliability for a
broad range of wind conditions. These machines feature larger rotors, higher
towers and greater hub heights than previous models, resulting in greater
power output.

Earlier this year, GE announced its fleet of 2.5 MW series wind turbines had
surpassed 2 gigawatts of installed capacity worldwide, enough cleaner
electricity to power approximately 1.4 million European households. Today,
these machines are operating in 19 countries worldwide, including 14 countries
in Europe, and have achieved more than 7 million hours of commercial
operation.

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