French Floater confirms updated project schedule

In: Windfarms
Commissioning of the Groix & Belle-Ile Floating Offshore Wind Farm, to be built off the coats of Brittany, France, has been pushed back to 2023, according to latest project intelligence.

The Groix & Belle-Île pilot wind farm was selected as winner of the ADEME’s call for floating demos in 2016. It is overseen by the company Ferme Eolienne Flottante de Groix & Belle-Île (FEFGBI) which brings together EOLFI, CGN Europe Energy, and the Banque des Territoires.

Located 22 km offshore in water depths of 60 metres, the project represents a €230 million investment and will test several technological innovations adapted to a floating environment.

In 2019 FEFGBI decide to replace the 6MW GE Haliade-150s turbines with three 9.5 MW V164 MHI Vestas turbines. These will site atop semi-Submersible platforms designed by Naval Energies.

The change in turbine model has meant the project schedule has had to be pushed back by almost a year with financial close now expected by mid-2021. Next year the developer also hopes to finalise engineering, complete contracting and achieve project certification.

Following financial close fabrication of the floaters and turbines can commence with final assembly to take place at Brest. Installation of the moorings, cables and final tow-out of the turbines will take place throughout 2022 and 2023 with commissioning in summer 2023.

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