All turbines erected at 480 MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind park in France

The Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France. Image by: EDF Renouvelables.

September 7 (Renewables Now) - All 80 GE Haliade turbines have been installed at the 480-MW Saint-Nazaire wind farm off France’s western coast in the Atlantic Ocean, turbine maker GE Renewable Energy said on Tuesday.

The project, set to create the first commercial offshore wind park in French waters, is owned by a tie-up between EDF Renouvelables and a unit of Canada’s Enbridge Inc (TSE:ENB) and CPP Investments.

The installation of the Haliade 150-6MW machines was completed ahead of schedule, with their commissioning expected to take place by the end of this year. The machines were transported to the project site, located between 12 kilometres and 20 kilometres off the coast of the Loire-Atlantique department, and put into place by marine contractor Jan De Nul Group. French network operator Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE) is responsible for connecting the wind farm to the local grid.

The Saint-Nazaire park produced first power in June. Once fully operational, the complex is expected to generate electricity equal to the annual consumption of around 700,000 people.

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