GE produces first nacelle for 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm

The nacelle marks the first in a series of Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines for the project. Image credit: GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy has announced the production of the first turbine nacelle for the 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm.

Located in the Loire-Atlantique region in coastal France, the project is being developed by EDF Renewables and Enbridge.

The nacelle marks the first in a series of Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines to be supplied for the offshore wind farm.

Currently under construction, the Saint-Nazaire wind farm will feature 80 wind turbines spaced one kilometer apart.

Once operational, it will generate enough power to meet 20% of the electricity consumption of the Loire-Atlantique department on the Atlantic coast of western France.

In addition, the offshore wind farm will generate over 1,000 local jobs during the construction phase, boosting the region’s economic activity.

Currently, finalization of earthworks is taking place in preparation for the storage and assembly of the wind turbine components in the port of Saint-Nazaire.

GE Renewable Energy stated: “A new stage in the structuring of the French offshore wind farm industry, providing positive economic impact in the Pays de la Loire region and a showcase for French know-how.”

Anchoring of the foundations and burying the inter-turbine cables will mark the start of offshore installation in 2021.

Later, electric substation will be installed in the sea.

The first turbine will be installation in 2022, with progressive commissioning taking place until year-end.

EDF Group renewable energies senior executive vice-president Bruno Bensasson said: “We are very happy to be present today to witness the tangible progress of the first offshore wind farm in France, with the production of its first nacelle.

“This wind farm project off the coast of Saint Nazaire, which we have been working on for several years, belongs above all to the Pays de La Loire Region which has contributed greatly to the creation of a new French industry.

“Over 1,000 region residents will participate in this project. This offshore wind farm constitutes a big step forward for renewable energy development in France.”