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Installing English Channel Multibrid 5 MW turbines

French developer Innovent is heading seawards with a project for five Multibrid 5 MW turbines to be installed just inside the harbour walls of the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer on the English Channel coast. The company, which has been developing the project since 2004, has now secured the agreement of the harbour board and submitted an initial application to the regional authority. Water depths at the site are around 10-15 metres and average annual wind speeds over 7 m/s, giving an estimated output of at least 75 million kWh a year. Innovent expects the project to cost around EUR 38 million. The firm already has four Lagerwey 750 kW machines running at Le Portel, just south of Boulogne, commissioned in 2001, and a total installed wind power capacity of 84.75 MW, mostly in north and north-west France. It has permits for around 150 MW more and applications pending for a further 450 MW. InnoVent reports it is also investigating a true offshore project in the waters off Dunkirk.

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