The construction of the 25 MW Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind farm in France has taken a significant step forward as Siemens Gamesa completes the assembly of the first wind turbine.
The project will feature three Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines, which will be installed on tensioned line floats. The design of the turbines was a collaborative effort involving SBM Offshore and IFP Energies Nouvelles.
The turbine components were manufactured at Siemens Gamesa's facility in Le Havre and were transported to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône in April this year.
The floating foundations for the wind turbines are currently being assembled at Eiffage Métal's site in Fos-sur-Mer, with the assistance of the French company and its Belgian subsidiary, Smulders.
The Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind farm will be situated 40 kilometers west of Marseille and 17 kilometers off the coast of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, in water depths of around 100 meters.
Scheduled for completion this year, the wind farm is expected to generate electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of 45,000 inhabitants.
The Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind farm is a joint project owned by Parc Eolien Offshore de Provence Grand Large, a subsidiary of EDF Renouvelables, and Enbridge Eolien France 2 S.à.r.l (EEF2), a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. and CPP Investments.