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France’s 480 MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind park reaches full operation

EDF Renouvelables, a subsidiary of the French utility EDF, has brought into full operation the 480 MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind park, located off the coast of the Guérande peninsula in Loire-Atlantique, western France. The park, which was inaugurated in late September 2022, is France’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project and features 80 GE Haliade 150-6 MW turbines.

The park is owned and developed by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a consortium of EDF Renouvelables, Enbridge, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The park produced its first power in June 2022 and the last turbine was installed in early September 2022. It is expected to produce the equivalent of 20% of Loire-Atlantique's annual electricity consumption.

France’s offshore wind capacity is nascent, but the country plans to reach a 5 GW capacity in offshore wind by 2028 (33 GW for onshore wind, up from 18.8 GW in 2021). The country hopes to build about 50 offshore wind farms by 2050. France currently has nearly 2 GW of wind projects under construction and more than 8 GW under development. It has three additional commercial-scale offshore wind parks currently under construction, the 496 MW Saint-Brieuc park, the 498 MW Fécamp park, both located in the English Channel (northern France) and expected to come online in 2023, and the 448 MW Courseulles-sur-Mer park, located in the Channel and expected to be commissioned in 2024.

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