December 30 (Renewables Now) - The second of three platforms that form the 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind project has sailed from the Spanish port of Ferrol to a location 20 kilometres (12.43 miles) off the coast of Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
The floating structure will be installed next to the first platform so that their columns are 50 metres apart, project promoter Windplus consortium said in a statement 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 all three platforms are in place, the floating wind farm will be capable of generating enough electricity to supply 60,000 consumers per year.