First power lauded from France's 480 MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind park

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

June 13 (Renewables Now) - First power has been generated from the 480-MW Saint-Nazaire wind farm off France’s western coast last week, EDF Renouvelables, one of the project owners announced.

The milestone marks the first time power is produced by a commercial offshore wind park in French waters. The consortium behind the project consists of EDF Renouvelables and a unit of Canada’s Enbridge Inc (TSE:ENB) and CPP Investments.

So far, 27 of the proposed 80 machines have been installed at the site located between 12 km and 20 km off the coast of the Loire-Atlantique department. The complex will be powered by General Electric’s Haliade 160-6 MW turbine, made in France. Full operations are expected to be achieved by the end of this year.

French network operator Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE) is responsible for connecting the wind farm to the local grid.

The first turbines that will form the huge wind farm were erected in April. Once up and running, the complex is expected to generate electricity equal to the annual consumption of around 700,000 people.

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