January 2 (Renewables Now) - The first of three platforms that make up the 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind project located off the coast of Portugal has been connected to the grid and ready to generate electricity.
The commissioning of an 8.4-MW wind turbine installed on the floating structure took place on December 31, Windplus, the multinational consortium behind the project, said in today’s statement. The 20-kilometre (12.43 miles) cable connecting the floating wind farm with the onshore substation in the Portuguese municipality of Viana do Castelo had been previously energised.
This week, Windplus announced that the second platform, fully assembled on shore, had been towed to the project site. The second and third wind generating units will be connected in succession.
The three platforms, each with one MHI Vestas turbine installed, will be anchored with chains to the seabed at a depth of 100 metres (328.1 ft).
EDP Renovaveis holds a 54.4% stake in the Windplus consortium, with France’s Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) controlling 25%. In turn, Spanish oil company Repsol SA (BME:REP) and US floating wind foundation specialist Principle Power Inc hold 19.4% and 1.2%, respectively.