First floating platform sails to WindFloat Atlantic site

WindFloat Atlantic platform is towed to installation site. Image credits: Dock90 (courtesy of EDP Renewables)

October 21 (Renewables Now) - The first of the three floating platforms for the 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic project has sailed from Spain carrying a fully installed turbine to a location 20 kilometres (12.43 miles) off the coast of Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

Two more platforms will be joining it in the coming months, the project co-developer, EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR), informed on Monday.

All three platforms, each featuring one MHI Vestas turbine, will be anchored with chains to the seabed at a depth of 100 metres (328.1 ft). They will form the first semi-submersible floating wind farm in the world.

The WindFloat Atlantic project is owned by the Windplus consortium in which EDP Renovaveis holds a 54.4% stake. France’s Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) controls 25%, while Spanish oil company Repsol SA (BME:REP) and US floating wind foundation specialist Principle Power Inc hold 19.4% and 1.2%, respectively.

Once fully in place, the wind park will be capable of generating an equivalent of the electricity needed to power 60,000 users.

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