Schmidbauer supporting the construction of French floating wind farm

In: Windfarms
Schmidbauer has been commissioned to support the Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind project to be built off the Mediterranean coast near Marseille in 2022. Schmidbauer will handle the heavy load logistics of three prototype floating wind turbines.

The project will feature three Siemens-Gamesa 8.4 MW wind turbines mounted on on SBM Offshore floating foundations.  The three wind turbines will be installed in the so-called Faraman area, 17 km from Napoléon beach in the town of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. The project will then be connected to the public electricity transmission grid via a 19 km submarine cable and a 9 km underground cable by RTE.

Since December 2019 Schmidbauer has developed a concept for the installation of the three floating wind turbines as well as the handling of the components in the harbor before the turbines are brought out to sea. The Schmidbauer engineering team has been closely working with Siemens Gamesa and will provide the equipment for the harbor logistics in spring of 2022.

The company will provide a LR 11350 crawler crane, a CC 2400-1 crawler crane, 130-t auxiliary cranes, and 48-axels SPMT.

“It’s a very constructive experience to be involved in the project from an early stage on, and it has been critical in the planning of many details for our client. As the development of this prototype is taking its course, the engineering teams involved have already been working together closely. We are happy to be able to support this innovation with our experience and expertise, and look forward to its realization”,
said Minka St. James, Contract Manager from Schmidbauer.

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