ENERCON selects fluvial Givet Port in French Ardennes as its logistics platform
In December 2017 and then January 2018, ENERCON, a European wind turbine manufacturer, successfully transported wind turbine components through Givet Port (French Ardennes), which as a result was able to demonstrate its role as a multimodal sea-rail-road platform open to Northern Europe.
After the foundation was poured, 65 segments of concrete masts—the heaviest of which weighed 58 ton—arrived on barges at Givet Port through the Northern European wide-gauge waterway network.
The teams of the multimodal platform, supported by ALTEAD, stored the segments on the wharf and then loaded them onto special convoys headed for the Semide wind farm in the south of French Ardennes (five ENERCON E-115 E2 wind turbines measuring 150 m in total), developed by the company EnergieTEAM, whose closest receiver antenna is based in Vouziers.
Two additional cranes were deployed on the Port on this occasion, demonstrating its ability to process all types of goods, particularly the heaviest types, thanks to its wharf that can support 565 ton.
The waterway transport involved in this project is an excellent alternative to road transport and helps prevent 15% of CO2 emissions, which ENERCON used as a reason to reduce road transport and greenhouse gas emissions and promote multimodal transport.
This operation, led by a major industrial player in the field of wind energy at global level, confirms the logistic potential of French Ardennes. The region provides space for businesses and appropriate infrastructure, including Givet Port, linked to the large ports in northern Europe, which ensures multimodality thanks to rail and road transport.
By Ardennes Développement, the Ardennes economic development agency - ardennes-developpement.com