Port of Cherbourg ready for offshore wind industry

Monday, 23 November, 2015 - 10:30
Aimed at industrials, energy and logistics providers of the offshore and tidal wind energies sector, 44 ha is already available on existing port land, at the Quai des Mielles at Port of Cherbourg. (Photo: Robert Lebarbier/PNA)
Aimed at industrials, energy and logistics providers of the offshore and tidal wind energies sector, 44 ha is already available on existing port land, at the Quai des Mielles at Port of Cherbourg. (Photo: Robert Lebarbier/PNA)

Within the framework of the creation of the first French offshore wind farms of Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp, 44 ha of port land alongside a heavy-load quay with a bearing capacity of 15 t/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, 100 ha altogether will be available for use at the port in 2016, representing € 100 million of investments. The adaptation works of the outer harbour of Caen-Ouistreham will start in the first semester of 2016. The port thus has the capacity to accommodate any new offshore wind players.

Aimed at the industrials, energy and logistics providers of the offshore and tidal wind energies sector, 44 ha 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 320 m, a bearing capacity of 15 t/m2 and a dredged trench of 14 m CD, this new wharf is particularly well suited to the requirements of logistics operators in the renewable energies sector.

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

Katharina Garus / Ports of Normandy Authority

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