MHI Vestas has been confirmed as the preferred supplier for the turbines for the Groix and Belle-Île floating offshore windfarm in France
The deal was signed at ceremony in Paris on 7 October 2019. It is the fourth floating project in which the company is now involved.
On hand to witness the ceremonial signing was HRH the Crown Prince of Denmark along with other dignitaries from France and Denmark.
MHI Vestas chief executive Philippe Kavafyan said, “Installing the 9.5-MW machine for the Groix and Belle-Île project will build on our experience from WindFloat Atlantic in Portugal and Kincardine in Scotland.
“The conditions we see in the west of France are representative of 80% of global floating potential, so we look forward to delivering our technology to France and leveraging our experience for future floating projects.”
In addition to the new French project, MHI Vestas’ experience in floating wind comprises the WindFloat 1, WindFloat Atlantic and Kincardine projects.
The Groix and Belle-Île project includes several partners, including project company FEFGBI, shareholders CGN Europe Energy, la Banque des Territoires, EOLFI and Naval Energies. Naval Energies is providing the semi-submersible floating platform for the turbines.
CGN Europe Energy chief executive Yuanzheng Huang said, “We feel honoured to be a part of a project that pushes the frontiers of renewable energy technology. CGN Europe Energy will continue to invest in renewable energy and intends to strengthen its position in the marine renewables sector.”
The French project is due to be installed off the coast of Brittany in 2022 in a water depth of 55-70 m.