First Saint-Nazaire Blades Touch Down in France

The first shipment of wind turbine blades for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm has arrived in France.

United Wind Logistics’ module deck carrier Vestvind arrived at the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port loaded with six sets (18 units) of wind turbine blades.

Saint-Nazaire blades
Source: Nantes-Saint Nazaire Port

The 480 MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, also known as Parc du Banc de Guérande, will comprise 80 GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines.

Vestvind arrived at Saint-Nazaire from Castellon, Spain, where the blades were manufactured by LM Wind Power, a subsidiary of GE Renewable Energy.

Once operational in the summer of 2022, Saint-Nazaire will become the first commercial-scale wind farm installed in French waters.

Offshore construction at the site started in April with the installation of the jacket foundation for the offshore substation.

This was quickly followed by the installation of the first monopile wind turbine foundation in early May.

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The Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm is being developed by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a consortium of EDF Renouvelables, Enbridge, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.