CEZ Group's 600 MW Fantanele/Cogealac wind park is now in full operation and is producing enough cleaner energy to power more than one million Romanian households each year. The project uses 240 GE 2.5-MW wind turbines.
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.
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.
Earlier this year, GE announced its fleet of 2.5 MW series wind turbines had surpassed 2 GW of installed capacity worldwide, enough renewable electricity to power about 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.