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    Wind power at sea: the 80 wind turbines of the Saint-Nazaire park are in place.


    September 16, 2022 - La Tribune (CBNB Abstracts)

     

      The Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm is finished five months following the first wind turbine was installed. Since Apr 2022, 80 wind turbines have been put in place in total. The most recent occurred on 5 Sep 2022. The park's initial wind turbines have been producing power since Jun 2022, and full commissioning is anticipated by end-2022. The Saint-Nazaire park's 80 wind turbines should be able to provide 20%/y of the power needs of the Loire-Atlantique department. The wind farm is off the Loire-Atlantique, and has a 480 MW generating capacity. There are more offshore wind farms being built in France. Prior to those in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados and Saint-Brieuc, Cotes-d'Armor, the site in Fecamp, Seine-Maritime, must be operational by 2023. By 2050, Emmanuel Macron intends to build 50 offshore wind farms with a combined 40 GW of power. On the other side, he intends to curb the proposed development of onshore wind power. Despite having increased their progress in 1H 2022, France has lagged behind in this area. Statistics from the Ministry of Energy Transition published at end-Aug 2022 show that during this time it linked an extra gigawatt of wind power, which is four times more than it did during the same time in 2021. The commissioning of the first wind turbines in the Saint-Nazaire wind farm in spring-2022 accounts for about half of this capacity growth. The French wind farm therefore fell significantly short of the nation's goal of producing 24.1 gigawatts (GW) of wind electricity by end-2023, reaching a power of 20.0 GW as of 30 Jun 2022. Additionally, wind power output, which accounts for 7.8% of electricity consumption in France, declined significantly from 2Q 2021 by 11% because of more adverse wind conditions. Original Source: La Tribune, http://www.latribune.fr.

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