Third WindFloat Atlantic turbine prepped for deployment

by Tom Russell in Windfarms 10/01/2020 GWS

Global Wind Service and MHI Vestas have installed the last of the three turbines on the WindFloat Atlantic 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 MW turbine 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,
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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