France's First Commercial Offshore Wind Farm Fully Operational

November 23, 2022

The first wind turbine for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm was installed on 12-13 April. The 80th and the final turbine was installed on September 5, 2022 .©Parc éolien en mer de Saint-Nazaire - Production CAPA Corporate
The first wind turbine for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm was installed on 12-13 April. The 80th and the final turbine was installed on September 5, 2022 .©Parc éolien en mer de Saint-Nazaire - Production CAPA Corporate

France's first commercial-scale offshore wind farm started operating on Wednesday, adding 480 megawatts of capacity to the grid at a time when Europe is scrambling to secure energy supplies following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

The Saint-Nazaire wind farm, situated off the coast of Brittany in northwestern France, consists of 80 turbines and will provide clean energy to power the equivalent of 400,000 homes annually, or 20% of the Loire-Atlantique region's electricity consumption. 

The project is co-owned by EDF Renewables and EIH Sarl, a subsidiary of Canada's Enbridge Inc, and CPP Investments. Enbridge, best known for its North American oil pipeline network, is a partner in three other French wind projects currently under construction. 

"(We) look forward to continuing our work together in growing France's offshore wind sector," Matthew Akman, Enbridge's senior vice president of power, strategy and new energy technology, said in a news release. 

The Saint-Nazaire project took 10 years to complete. In September, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the site and vowed to cut red tape to halve the time it takes in France to get renewable energy projects off the ground. Earlier this year, Macron said he wanted France to have about 50 offshore wind farms by 2050. 

(Reuters - Reporting by Nia Williams in British Columbia; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)




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