Le Havre Port Expansion gets opinion on impacts
The French Environmentally Authority (Ae) has given its opinion on the
environmental assessment for the reinforcement of the Port of le Havre
to accommodate a new Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) plant.
SGRE and HAROPA signed key 30-year agreements for the construction of the
plant in late 2019 which would see SGRE occupy a total area of 36
hectares between the Joannès Couvert and Hermann du Pasquier quays. With
the creation of 750 direct and indirect jobs, this project is the largest
industrial investment in the history of renewable energy in France.
The HAROPA-Port of Le Havre partnership plans to strengthen and develop
two of its docks to allow the manufacture and handling offshore wind produced
by the SGRE plant.
As part of this process, the Ae has given a series of recommendations for
what is to be included in the impact assessments:
- redefinition of the
project perimeter and the consequences
- providing details concerning
the sanitation systems and the procedures for management
- additional details
on the impact of dredging
- providing measures
taken to reduce the impact of pile driving on marine animals
- GHG emissions reports
in the works phase and in the operation phase including emissions from
ships at the quay and the advantage of providing an electrical supply for
- plans for monitoring
ecological impact to wildlife
Construction of the turbine production plant is expected to start mid-2020.
The site is expected to supply turbines to the Fécamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer,
Dieppe-Le Tréport, Saint Brieuc, and Yeu-Noirmoutier offshore wind projects.
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