Components arrive for France's first floating offshore wind farm

Components arrive for France’s first floating offshore wind farm

Photo: EDF Renewables

The first components for the the Provence Grand Large (PGL) floating offshore wind farm, have been delivered to the Quai Gloria at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône.

The arrival of these components, designed and manufactured by Siemens Gamesa, represents a major milestone for the first floating offshore wind farm in France! The three wind turbines will be installed at the end of the summer 17 kilometres from the coast of the coastal town of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône (near Marseille) in a water depth of about 100 metres.

The project is being supported by EDF Renewables, and its partners Enbridge and CPP Investments.

The components, according to the photos and the AIS data were delivered by Roll Group’s RollDock Storm, a second generation dock type semi-submersible multifunctional heavy lift transport vessel.

PGL pilot

Provence Grand Large is a small-scale pilot project intended to demonstrate that floating offshore wind farms can become economically viable and is the first pre-commercial floating offshore wind farm in France.

When completed at the end of 2023, the project will provide 24 MW of energy to more than 40,000 households in France.The three 8.4 MW Siemens Gamesa turbines will be installed on floating foundations built by SBM and IPFEN. The floating structures are tethered to the sea bottom by wires.

Prysmian Group will connect the turbines to the public electricity transmission grid operated by RTE via a 19-kilometre submarine cable and a 9-kilometre underground cable.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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