Port of Cherbourg ready to accommodate renewable energy

Source: Ports of Normandy Authority

Within the framework of the creation of the first French offshore wind farms of Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp, the Port of Cherbourg has the capacity to accommodate any new offshore wind players.

Within the framework of the creation of the first French offshore wind farms of Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp, 44ha of port land alongside a heavy-load quay with a bearing capacity of 15t/m2 is already available in the Port of Cherbourg for the marine renewable energies sector.

With the on-going extension works undertaken by Ports of Normandy Authority, 100ha altogether will be available for use at the port in 2016, representing 100€ million of investments. The port thus has the capacity to accommodate any new offshore wind players.  

The adaptation works of the outer harbour of Caen-Ouistreham will start in the first semester of 2016.

Meeting the industrial and logistics immediate requirements of the MRE sector

Aimed at the industrials, energy and logistics providers of the offshore and tidal wind energies sector, 44ha is already available on existing port land, at the Quai des Mielles.

A new heavy-load quay has also been in service since March 2015. With a length of 320m, a bearing capacity of 15t/m2 and a dredged trench of 14 metres CD, this new wharf is particularly well suited to the requirements of logistics operators in the renewable energies sector.

Apace progress of the large-scale extension works

Ports of Normandy Authority, the managing entity for the Port of Cherbourg in charge of developing, promoting and marketing the port land and infrastructure, started large-scale development works of the port.

In the second semester of 2016, the port will have completed its development.

Another 50ha of port land undergoing development will soon add to existing port land:

- In the immediate vicinity of this space, 39ha of port land has been under construction since March 2015

- A 17ha business area in the vicinity of the new port land, whose land is controlled by Ports of Normandy Authorities, will also be available

Capacity to build new extensions

In February 2014, 317ha of the marine area located in the roadstead were handed over to Ports of Normandy Authority by the French State. This unprecedented operation in France provides the Port of Cherbourg with the possibility of constructing new port land, if need be.

The outer harbour of Caen-Ouistreham, future use and maintenance base of the Courseulles-sur-Mer wind farm

The Port of Caen-Ouistreham was selected to ensure the maintenance and use of the wind turbines for the Courseulles-sur-Mer wind farm.

In order to accommodate this new activity, Ports of Normandy Authority will launch the site's development works in the first semester of 2016 for expected delivery in 2017. The objective is to allow the wind farm contracting authority to construct business offices and accommodate vessels bringing workers and cargo to and from the offshore wind farm.

During construction of the Courseulles site, vessels aiding in the said construction will also make use of these new installations.

Offshore wind players already on board and positioning themselves around Cherbourg and Caen-Ouistreham ports

Eolien Maritime France: EMF - Eolien Maritime France (which groups together EDF Energies Nouvelles, DONG and WPD Offshore,) will ensure the construction beginning in 2018 and use, beginning 2020, of the offshore wind farms in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Fécamp and Saint Nazaire

Within the framework of this project, EMF has chosen the Port of Cherbourg for its assembly hub for the Courseulles and Fécamp farms and the Port of Caen-Ouistreham as its maintenance base. 

Alstom: EMF exclusive provider, Alstom selected Cherbourg for the site of a new industrial unit including a factory for blades and masts. 

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