Macron Inaugurates France’s First Offshore Wind Farm

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, located between 12 and 20 kilometres off the coast of the Guérande peninsula, where he will inaugurate the country’s first commercial-scale project of this kind.

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At the beginning of this month, the last of the total of 80 wind turbines was installed at the project site by Jan De Nul’s jack-up Vole au vent.

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Also known as Parc éolien en mer du Banc de Guérande, the offshore wind farm features GE Haliade 150-6 MW turbines that were transported and installed out of GE’s logistics hub at the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port.

The 480 MW offshore wind farm is owned and developed by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a consortium of EDF Renouvelables, Enbridge, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

France will soon get two more commercial-scale offshore wind farms as construction works are currently under way on the Saint-Brieuc and Fécamp project sites.

The 496 MW Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm is located 16 kilometres off the northwest coast of France in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc in the English Channel.

The project, which will comprise 62 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines, is being developed by Iberdrola’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ailes Marines.

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The 500 MW Fécamp offshore wind farm is being built between 13 and 22 kilometres off the coast of Normandy and will have 71 Siemens Gamesa 7 MW wind turbines.

The Fécamp project is being jointly developed by Eolien Maritime France (EMF) and wpd offshore.

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