Last WindFloat Atlantic platform ready for installation

In: Windfarms
Construction of the last floating platform equipped with an 8.4 MW offshore wind turbine for the WindFloat Atlantic project has been completed in the port of Ferrol, Spain. The last floating wind turbine is ready to be towed from harbour, without need of specialised vessels, to join the two others at the offshore wind farm site.

The project's first two turbines have already been installed 20km off the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal. Developed and realised by WindPlus, a consortium of EDP Renewables, ENGIE, Repsol and Principle Power, it is one of the first floating wind farms that is project-financed.

“The realisation of these floating wind turbines is particularly exciting,”
said Cédric Dewandre, Wind Turbine Installation Manager, “The dedication of the team, our innovation mind-set and ability to build beyond known knowhow on a unique construction venture, have been key to the success of this tide-turning project. I’m particularly proud of the Tractebel ENGIE team and experts for bringing such deep and wide expertise from a great variety of fields, as well as their ability to capitalise and develop new applications together with the client. The construction of this floating wind farm and related innovative offshore works  represent a big step forward for floating offshore wind as it proves that large-scale floating offshore wind power is possible.”

Filip Meuleman, Technical Director of WindPlus, highlighted the added value of Tractebel’s input: “Apart from the professional organisation and coordination of the wind turbine assembly works, Tractebel ENGIE has proven to be exactly the skilled and pragmatic partner a project like this needed. By bringing their technical and HSE expertise to this first-of-a-kind project, we managed to get the job done and conquer all challenges, with exemplary HSE performance. On top of this, amongst others, their expertise on electrical and high voltage systems, on welding and coating matters and their offshore engineering expertise in general has been of valuable help throughout the WindFloat Atlantic project development and its execution.”

The floating technology was implemented in a first of its kind prototype,
WindFloat 1, near Póvoa do Varzim, which was installed back in 2011. The project was a full life cycle demonstration featuring a Vestas V-80 2 MW turbine, and was decommissioned last year.

A commercial phase of approximately 30 turbines producing 150 MW is planned to follow the 25 MW project. The WindFloat foundation is also due to be deployed on the Golfe du Lion project in the Mediterranean. Project developers anticipate reaching consent this summer, with commercial operations starting in 2021.

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