AIMING FOR FIRST
“Provence Grand Large is a pilot project, which aims to demonstrate that generating electricity from floating wind technology is both technically and commercially viable”, explains Julien Simon, EDF Energies Nouvelles’ manager in charge of engineering and certification for the project.
The Provence Grand Large project won the tender from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) in 2016. The project consists of three 8MW Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy wind turbines. It will be installed on Tension Leg Platform-type floating sub-structure supplied by SBM Offshore, producing a total capacity of 24MW, or enough electricity to power a town of 40,000 inhabitants. The wind farm is located approximately 40km west off Marseille Coast.
“Floating offshore wind power is a very new technology, with only a handful of prototypes in the world”, continues Julien. “It’s therefore vital we get it right before we start developing large-scale production floating wind farms.”
Bureau Veritas came on board a year ago to provide project certification services.
“Bureau Veritas’ dual expertise in wind power and naval engineering is interesting for this project. We have requested full scope certification services, from evaluation of site conditions through construction and right up to commissioning. The Bureau Veritas team has already started working with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and SBM Offshore to certify the design basis.”
Bureau Veritas is following the IEC 61400 standard for wind turbines, with experience feeding into its own Guidance Note for floating wind projects.
“We selected Bureau Veritas for their technical strength and expertise. This is a hugely innovative project – that’s why, going forward, their flexibility and ability to respond quickly will be really important.”
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