Ports of Cherbourg and Caen-Ouistreham are the leading ports in France ready to accommodate those involved in the logistics and industrial operations of the offshore wind and tidal energy sectors.

 

The ports of Cherbourg and Caen-Ouistreham are key players in the development of the marine renewable energies (MRE) sector in France

As part of the first French public tender for offshore wind energy in 2011, the marine sites of Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp were two of the first four French sites to be selected for setting up an offshore wind farm.

The Race of Alderney, which is located off the port of Cherbourg offers one of the world's biggest potential sources for tida l energy.  In 2013, it was part of a public tender for setting up pilot tidal energy farms.  The proximity of the Port of Cherbourg to this major site makes it a prime location for setting up industrial and logistics facilities.   


The port of Cherbourg is also close to future offshore wind and tidal energy farms to be located off the British coastline.
 l energy.  In 2013, it was part of a public tender for setting up pilot tidal energy farms.  The proximity of the Port of Cherbourg to this major site makes it a prime location for setting up industrial and logistics facilities.  

Attractive ports adapting to the needs of the sector

As early as 2011, two industrial companies reserved land spaces in the Port of Cherbourg: Alstom, for the creation of an industrial site and EDF, for an assembly hub for offshore wind energy. 

Since then, Normandie Hydro and Nepthyd have also reserved land spaces within the framework of manufacturing the pilot farms located in the Race of Alderney.

Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) has decided to invest 100 million euros to support the sector's specific needs.

With a made-to-measure wharf in service since March 2015 and 100ha of port land approximately half of which is readily available, the other half being available in 2016, Cherbourg is ready to accommodate the marine renewable energies sector. If need be, PNA's port estate allows for further extensions.

 

The outer harbour of Caen-Ouistreham was chosen by EDF to set up the maintenance base facilities for the offshore wind farm at Courseulles-sur-Mer. 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 port of Cherbourg is also close to future offshore wind and tidal energy farms to be located off the British coastline.
  l energy.  In 2013, it was part of a public tender for setting up pilot tidal energy farms.  The proximity of the Port of Cherbourg to this major site makes it a prime location for setting up industrial and logistics facilities.