ENERGY Located in Loire-Atlantique, France's first offshore wind farm is to be inaugurated this Wednesday
The Saint-Nazaire wind farm off Le Croisic, in western France, on September 22, 2022. — Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS
- EDF announced on Wednesday “the full commissioning of the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm”.
- Composed of 80 wind turbines, it must produce the equivalent of 20% of annual electricity consumption of the Loire-Atlantique.
This time çy’is there. The first wind farm at sea in France, off Saint-Nazaire, has been running since Wednesday at Saint-Nazaire. full throttle announced EDF, at a few hours of the inauguration of this park. “EDF Renewables and EIH Sarl (…) have the honor to announce the full commissioning of the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm with a capacity of installed capacity of 480 MW”, announces a press release. “Located between 12 and 20 kilometers off the coast, the park’s 80 wind turbines now produce the equivalent of 20% of the annual electricity consumption. of the Loire-Atlantique”, specifies EDF.
The maintenance of the park, which extends over 78 km2 and is monitored at distance from a base located in the port of La Turballe, will be ensured by a hundred people during the 25 years of its operation.
Annual consumption of 700,000 people
Work to connect the park had begun; in 2019, then the construction of the offshore park took place in 2021 and 2022, with first the installation of the foundations and the electrical cables under water, before transport wind turbines on site, from spring 2022 until the installation of the last on September 5th. “Since the production of its first megawatt hours (MWh) at the beginning of June 2022, the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm has gradually connected its 80 wind turbines in the national electricity transmission network,” the equivalent of the annual consumption of 700,000 people.
This is the “first park é industrial-scale offshore wind farm in France,” Bruno Bensasson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Renewables, who recalled EDF’s objective to “double its capacity; of renewable energy in the world to reach 60 GW by 2030” This announcement comes as the executive must appoint Wednesday in the Council of Ministers the new CEO of EDF Luc Rémont, who will have the heavy task of relaunching nuclear, but also solar and electricity. ;wind.