Le Havre Port Expansion gets opinion on impacts

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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 these ships
  • 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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