Wind Service and MHI Vestas have installed the last of the three turbines
on the WindFloat
project. Two units have been towed out to their final position, approximately
20 km off the coast of Portugal at Viana do Castelo.
The three V164-8.0
project uses Principles Power’s WindFloat, a semi-submersible foundation
technology. The platform measures 30 metres in height, with a 50 metre
distance between each column. Operations to assemble the turbines were
conducted from quayside in Ferrol, in the northern part of Spain.
The project is owned by the Windplus consortium, which consists of EDP
Renováveis (54.4%), ENGIE (25%), Repsol (19.4%) and Principle Power Inc.
(1.2%). The platforms are being built in cooperation between the two countries
on the Iberian peninsula: two of them were manufactured at the Setúbal
shipyards (Portugal), and the third at Avilés and Ferrol shipyards (Spain).
The floating technology was implemented in a first of its kind prototype,
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
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