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FRANCE: RES has constructed a 22MW project in the Montagne Noire (Black Mountains) region of southern France, installing 11 Senvion turbines at a densely forested and mountainous site.

  • Towers being delivered to the Bois de la Serre site in the Black Mountain region of France

    Towers being delivered to the Bois de la Serre site in the Black Mountain region of France

  • The 22MW site was developed by RES and completed in December 2015

    The 22MW site was developed by RES and completed in December 2015

  • The project is in a mountainous and forested area where the wind is particularly strong and turbulent, Senvion said

    The project is in a mountainous and forested area where the wind is particularly strong and turbulent, Senvion said

  • Construction was further complicated as periods of low wind speed were rare

    Construction was further complicated as periods of low wind speed were rare

  • Eleven Senvion MM92 2MW turbines were constructed at the site

    Eleven Senvion MM92 2MW turbines were constructed at the site

  • Senvion's MM92 turbine is installed with 45.2 metre blades

    Senvion's MM92 turbine is installed with 45.2 metre blades

  • Senvion had to erect the blades one by one due to the surrounding trees and the steep slopes

    Senvion had to erect the blades one by one due to the surrounding trees and the steep slopes

  • Blade installation continued until sunset to make the most of the weather conditions

    Blade installation continued until sunset to make the most of the weather conditions

  • Senvion will provide ten years servicing to the site

    Senvion will provide ten years servicing to the site

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The Bois de la Serre project was completed in December 2015. It uses Senvion's MM92 2MW turbine with 49.2-metre blades. 

The site is located in a mountainous and forested area with strong and turbulent winds, adding to the complexity of construction. 

To avoid damaging or removing trees, and due to the steep slopes, Senvion installed the blades one by one instead of its usual technique of hoisting the entire rotor as one piece. 

The German firm is also supplying RES with 26 MM82 2MW turbines for the 52MW Sambres project in the same region of France. 

"We are very pleased to be building these two projects in the Black Mountain area using Senvion turbines that meet the specific requirements of these technically challenging sites," said RES southern Europe managing director Matthieu Guerard.

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