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DCNS Energies obtains Bureau Veritas’ certification for floating offshore wind turbine design

Bureau Veritas has issued a preliminary design approval for a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) foundation designed by DCNS Energies. This is an important step in the development of floating wind power and good news for future floating offshore farm projects in France and in the rest of the world. 

The principle of this floating foundation is based on a semi-submersible float designed to be competitive, suitable for mass production and easy to tow, connect and disconnect. This float can also be adapted according to the configuration of the local industrial ecosystems and the specificities of the different operating sites.
The Bureau Veritas certification was awarded as part of the SeaReed project led by General Electric and DCNS Energies to develop an integrated floating wind turbine system, with the support of ADEME (Agence De l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie).
The cooperation between Bureau Veritas and DCNS Energies in the floating offshore wind sector will continue as part of the pilot farm project between the islands of Groix and Belle-Île, in the south of Brittany, a region in the western part of France. The farm will consist of four GEW-designed 6-MW Haliade turbines installed on a hybrid (steel and concrete) version of the float, developed by DCNS Energies. Bureau Veritas has been designated to monitor the entire project certification and will cover the various phases of its development: site conditions study, design evaluation, manufacturing surveillance, transport and commissioning. The floating offshore wind farm is scheduled to start operating in 2020.
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Source: DCNS Energies