Friday, January 28

Consultation on a fifth wind farm project off the coast of Normandy

Wind turbines under construction at sea off Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), September 21, 2021 Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS

A public consultation has opened for a fifth offshore wind farm project off Normandy, called Center-Manche 2, the State announced on Tuesday.

“The project should extend over 220 to 250 km2 and include between 75 and 125 wind turbines for a power of up to about 1.5 GW”, the equivalent of the annual consumption of a million homes, according to the consultation file available on the site

The consultation takes place until March 7 and then from April 25 to May 16 and includes ten public meetings. It is supervised by the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP).

At the end, within one month, the guarantors will draw up a report made public, and, at the latest two months after this report, the Ministry of Ecological Transition and RTE will publish the lessons learned from the consultation.

The wind turbines “will be placed on the seabed and not floating, because the depth of the seabed is shallow”, specify the authorities.

The park would be located almost “equidistant from the departments of Manche, Calvados and Seine-Maritime”, about 45 km from the coast, told AFP Damien Levallois, director of the project at the environment department of Normandy.

Its estimated cost is 4 to 5 billion euros and its commissioning is planned for 2031.

This project is located to the east of the Manche 1 center project, with a capacity of around 1 GW. “Potentially the two parks will touch each other,” said Mr. Levallois.

For the Center-Manche 1 project, the manufacturer should be selected at the end of 2022 for commissioning by 2027, according to Mr. Levallois.

Located at least 32 km from the coast, the “Channel center” area, which is 500 km2 in all, was the subject of a public debate in 2019 and 2020.

The other wind farm projects on the Normandy coast are located off Courseulles, Fécamp and Dieppe / Le Tréport, at a distance of 10 to 20 km from the coast. They must be put into service by 2023.

These offshore wind projects “aim to meet the growing need for carbon-free electricity, in order to reduce the share of fossil fuels on which still rely two-thirds of our energy consumption”, according to the State, which specifies that France in has a good fortnight.

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