French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal has announced two winners of France's tender for pilot floating offshore wind farms. The two winners are the following:
Eolfi and CGN Europe Energy will develop a 24 MW project near the island of Groix, off the east coast of France. General Electric will provide four 6 MW Haliade offshore wind turbines (developed by Alstom), DCNS will design the floating structures and Vinci will be the construction contractor.
Quadran will develop a 24 MW project near Gruissan in the south coast of France. Senvion will provide an adapted version of its 6.2M152 wind turbine, Ideol will design the floating structures and Bouygues Travaux Publics will be the construction contractor. The total project investment is estimated at €215 million (US$240.7 million).
France’s Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) launched the tender process for the development of pilot offshore wind projects in 2015. Eight consortia submitted proposals to develop wind projects in four designated areas at three French regions - Brittany, Languedoc-Roussillon et Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.