Vestas secures offshore order with Ocean Winds for floating wind project in France
News release from Vestas Mediterranean
Madrid, 31 March 2022
Ocean Winds, the international offshore wind energy company created by EDP Renewables (EDPR) and ENGIE, has placed a 30 MW order for the Éoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) offshore wind park, a floating pilot project it holds in partnership with the Banque des Territoires.
The contract includes the supply, transport, installation, supervision and commissioning of three V164-10.0 MW wind turbines. These will be installed on floating foundations in Port-la-Nouvelle and towed to their final location over 16 kilometres off the coast of the Leucate-Le Barcarès area in the Mediterranean Sea in water depths of 65 to 80 metres.
The project also includes an Active Output Management (AOM 5000) agreement, for the maintenance and service of the wind park over the next 18 years.
“We are very proud of this important partnership with Vestas, that puts the EFGL project on the right track to starting construction only a few weeks after reaching our final investment decision (FID)”, said Grzegorz Gorski, COO Ocean Winds. “On the eve of new floating tenders in France, the EFGL project represents both the technological and the environmental concretisation of what floating wind sector is now capable of, proving it is more than ready for commercial scale”.
“We are proud to partner with Ocean Winds for the first time in France and for their first floating project, taking a step forward in the development of floating wind in the industry. This order showcases our commitment to the French offshore wind ambition, which aims to achieve 40 GW of capacity installed by 2050. To that end, we will continue providing leading technology like our V164-10.0 MW turbine, which has demonstrated unparalleled competitiveness when it comes to reducing the levelised cost of energy of a floating wind project”, says Benoît Gilbert, Senior Director Offshore Vestas Mediterranean.
As a pioneer in floating wind, Vestas has installed turbines on floating foundations for over a decade including projects off the coasts of Scotland and Portugal. With this project, Vestas’ V164-10.0 MW wind turbine reach more than 1 GW of capacity installed or under construction worldwide, and in total Vestas has installed more than 7 GW of offshore wind globally since 1995.
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