French Offshore Wind Enters New Era as First Turbines Sail Out

Jan De Nul’s jack-up Vole au vent has left the Nantes-Saint Nazaire Port loaded with the first set of GE Haliade wind turbine components to be installed on the 480 MW Saint-Nazaire – France’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm.

Vole au vent leaving Nantes-Saint Nazaire Port loaded with GE Haliade components
Vole au vent leaving Nantes-Saint Nazaire Port loaded with GE Haliade components. Source: Nantes-Saint Nazaire Port

Vole au vent is transporting the first four sets to the installation site between 12 and 20 kilometres off the coast of the Guérande peninsula.

Saint-Nazaire, also known as Parc éolien en mer du Banc de Guérande, will feature 80 GE Haliade 150-6 MW turbines loaded out from GE’s logistics hub at the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port.

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According to the latest construction update issued by the wind farm’s developer, 60 monopile foundations and 22 inter-array cables have so far been installed at the wind farm, with the construction teams now back at the wind farm to install the remaining foundations and inter-array cables.

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

The wind farm is scheduled to be commissioned in 2022.

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