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Windtech International May June 2024 issue






Floatgen is the first wind turbine to be installed off the French coast. Equipped with the first full scale ring-shaped floating foundation designed by Ideol and built by Bouygues Travaux Publics in Saint-Nazaire Port, it will be installed on the Centrale Nantes offshore test site, SEM-REV, off the coast from Le Croisic.

Backed by a European consortium of seven companies and research bodies, Floatgen is the first offshore wind turbine to be installed in France. Construction will get off the ground in September in Saint-Nazaire Port, where Bouygues Travaux Publics will build the floating foundation. At the conclusion of the six-month construction phase, the wind turbine will be fixed into position, quayside, on its foundation. The whole assembly will be subsequently towed out from the Le Croisic coast to the installation site, SEM-REV. Once on site, the wind turbine will be connected to the anchoring system and the electricity export cable. It is expected that the 2MW turbine will be commissioned in 2017.

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