France produces electricity for the first time thanks to offshore wind turbines

The Saint-Nazaire wind farm is the very first to come into service in France. Some 80 wind turbines will be gradually installed by the end of the year.

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Electricity from wind turbines at sea, off Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), was produced for the first time in France this week, the operator and the network manager announced on Friday June 19.“The Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm produced the first megawatt hours from French offshore wind power”said the consortium owning the park and RTE.

This represents “an important step for the energy transition”, judged the partners. The Saint-Nazaire offshore park, the very first in France to come into service, will eventually have 80 wind turbines, which will be gradually installed by the end of the year. Some 27 wind turbines have been installed since the first installation in April.

Other offshore wind farms are under construction in France. That of Fécamp (Seine-Maritime) must be operated from 2023, before those of Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d’Armor) and Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados).

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