First French commercial-scale offshore wind farm inaugurated

The French President Emmanuel Macron attended the inauguration of the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm today (22 September 2022). It is the first commercial  scale wind farm to begin operations in French waters.

The 480 MW wind farm, owned by EDF (50%), Enbridge (25.5%) and CPP (24.5%), is expected to be fully commissioned by the end of 2022. It is located between 12 and 20 kilometres off the Loire-Atlantique coast. It consists of 80 GE
Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines mounted on monopile foundations.

Developers began installing turbines in April this year. Jan De Nul Group was responsible for the transport and installation of all wind turbines generators. The foundation scope was executed by DEME Offshore and Eiffage. French transmission system operator RTE is responsible for bringing the wind farm’s power to the grid.

According to GE, each Haliade turbine powers 5,000 homes; the project is expected to generate the equivalent of 20% of Loire-Atlantique’s electricity consumption.

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