WindFloat Atlantic achieves full operation

WindFloat Atlantic achieves full operation

The 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic floating wind park located off the coast of Portugal has achieved full operation after the last of three platforms was connected to the grid.

The achievement was announced by Windplus, the multinational consortium behind the project, in a statement today.

The three platforms, each with one 8.4-MW MHI Vestas turbine installed, are anchored with chains to the seabed and connected to the onshore substation in the Portuguese municipality of Viana do Castelo through a 20-kilometre (12.43 miles) cable.

WindFloat Atlantic, the first semi-submersible floating wind farm in the world, will produce enough power to supply the equivalent of 60,000 users annually, while saving almost 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) holds a 54.4% stake in the Windplus consortium, with France’s Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) controlling 25%. In turn, Spanish oil company Repsol SA (BME:REP) and US floating wind foundation specialist Principle Power Inc hold 19.4% and 1.2%, respectively.