GE to supply Cypress turbines for Lithuanian wind farms

European Energy has contracted GE Renewable Energy to supply 22 Cypress turbines. They are destined for wind farms of 121MW combined capacity

GE Cypress 5.3-158 prototype in Wieringermeer, the Netherlands
GE Cypress 5.3-158 prototype in Wieringermeer, the Netherlands

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European Energy has chosen GE Renewable Energy as the supplier for two wind farms in Lithuania planned for sites about 80km north of the capital, Vilnius.

The projects will add 23% of green power capacity to the country’s current wind power production.

The Cypress turbines will be operated by European Energy at 5.5MW, with a rotor diameter of 158 metres and with blades provided by LM Wind Power, a business owned by GE.

Each turbine will be placed on a 151-metre tower with the installations coming in the second half of 2021.

The turbines will be installed at the 71MW Jonava I & II Jonava I & II (71MW) OnshoreKaunas County, Lithuania, Europe Click to see full details and 49.5MW Anykščiai Anykščiai (49.5MW) OnshoreUtena County, Lithuania, Europe Click to see full details developments.

Knud Erik Andersen, European Energy, CEO said: “This deal will ensure 121MW of green power capacity and be central to driving the green transition and support the local production of renewable energy in a country currently heavily dependent on the import of energy.”

Lithuania aims to produce 100% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050, according to the Lithuanian wind power association (LVEA).

To date, there are currently 23 wind parks operating in Lithuania amounting to 480MW capacity.

GE did not immediately respond when asked whether the turbines were running at 5.3MW in power mode, or through a hardware upgrade, as the Cypress platform has run at up 5.3MW until now.

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