The Provence Grand Large (PGL) floating offshore wind farm (FOW) when completed at the end of 2023 will provide 24 MW of clean, safe and reliable energy to more than 40,000 households in France. It will be located about 17 kilometers from the coastal town of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône (near Marseille) in a water depth of about 100 meters. The client is PEOPGL: Parc Eolien Offshore de Provence Grand Large. The three 8.4 MW Siemens Gamesa turbines will be installed on floating foundations built by SBM and IPFEN. The floating structures are tethered to the sea bottom by wires.
Prysmian Group will connect the turbines to the public electricity transmission grid operated by RTE via a 19-kilometre submarine cable and a 9-kilometre underground cable.
Provence Grand Large is a small-scale pilot project intended to demonstrate that offshore floating windfarms can become economically viable and is the first “pre commercial” floating offshore wind farm in France.