EWEA Offshore: Alstom Haliade ready to compete

DENMARK: Alstom wind has defended its Haliade turbine's ability to compete with the major competitors in the offshore wind market.

Speaking to Windpower TV, Alstom Wind CEO Yves Rannou said the 6MW turbine is up to the challenge of competing for major projects with MHI Vestas’ V164 and Siemens' 6MW turbine.

"We are extremely focused on the European market," he said. "We are building a proper pipeline of opportunities, but at the same time we are very humble.

"We want to bring to the market a very competitive wind turbine. Competitive in different ways, so obviously commercially, but also in terms of providing solutions, sharing experience and expertise with our customers and teaming up so that the cost of energy is kept to a minimum."

Despite GE’s previous disregard of offshore wind, Rannou said he believes that the prospective parent company would prove a strong partner in Alstom’s ambition of becoming a major offshore player.

"GE Alstom, the combination has a great potential for offshore wind in the world," he said. "We bring the technology and GE brings long experience also in wind engineering, plus financing, so that’s a great combination to get out of this deal."

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