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France awards two floating wind farm tenders

One project will be supplied with GE turbines, while the other will use turbines provided by German manufacturer Senvion.

It was announced today that EolMed, a consortium led by French clean energy developer Quadran, has won a tender for a 24MW pilot floating offshore wind farm in the French Mediterranean Sea.

The project will consist of four turbines located 15km off the coast at Gruissan. ADEME, France’s environment and energy management agency, launched a tender for four offshore wind farm sites last year.

A consortium of French offshore wind developer Eolfi and Chinese nuclear firm CGN won the second tender for a four-turbine floating wind farm off the island of Groix, Brittany.

The Gruissan project will be installed and commissioned in 2020. Germany’s Senvion SE will provide an adapted version of its 6.2M152 turbine, which boasts a rotor diameter of 152m and the ability to provide energy to 4,000 homes. EolMed will supply the floating foundation for the turbines.

General Electric will provide the turbines for the Groix project, with French naval group DCNS and Vinci Construction supplying the foundation.

Floating wind turbines can be installed further out to sea than their ‘fixed’ counterparts, allowing them to harvest stronger winds.

France is aiming to have 3,000MW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2023, with 100MW generated by floating turbines. The winners for the two remaining floating wind sites will be announced in September.

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