Offshore wind power: GDF SUEZ, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine and AREVA present bids for the area of Le Tréport and the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier
- 6,000 local jobs to be created in France
- Power supply for 1.6 million homes annually
- Innovative technology: the only 8MW generator in France
GDF SUEZ, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine and AREVA have submitted their proposals to the French government today for the installation and operation of a 1,000 megawatt (MW) offshore wind project in the area of Le Tréport (Haute-Normandie – 500 megawatts) and the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier (Pays-de-la-Loire – 500 megawatts). The estimated output of the two wind farms could supply power to 1.6 million homes by 2021.
GDF SUEZ, EDP Renováveis, Neoen Marine and AREVA want to develop their projects through a competitive, sustainable local industrial sector, in close collaboration with local stakeholders. Likewise, these projects will involve support for fishing crews and specific measures to protect the environment and the landscape. As leaders in the renewable energy sector which are already involved in 25 offshore wind power projects, the companies are backed by their complementary expertise, ranging from the management of large industrial and offshore projects to technical analyses.
The projects will generate economic activity and create employment in France
The construction of the two wind farms will allow for the creation of almost 6,000 direct and indirect jobs, and involve many local companies. Thanks to the support of the communities and the chambers of commerce and industry involved, the partner companies have held meetings with almost 450 companies in Normandy, Picardy, Brittany and Pays-de-la-Loire, specifically in Vandea. This network encompasses the main players in the French industrial offshore wind power sector.
The projects will also benefit from the development of the region’s ports. At the port of Le Havre, four factories will be opened to manufacture nacelles, blades and other fundamental wind turbine components, including bearings, multipliers and generators. The ports at La Havre and Saint-Nazaire will also act as support areas for the construction of the wind farms. Finally, operations and maintenance centres will be installed at the ports of Dieppe and Tréport, as well as at the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier, creating 100% local jobs.
France’s most powerful offshore wind turbine
GDF SUEZ, EDP Renewables and Neoen Marine have selected the new 8 megawatt wind turbine manufactured by AREVA in France. This wind turbine will allow for improved productivity and performance, a reduction of almost 40% in the number of turbines at the farms, and greater compatibility with fishing activities. This technology also allows for construction times to be reduced and maintenance to be optimised.
This 8 megawatt wind turbine harnesses the industrial experience and the recognised reliability of AREVA’s technology platform in the field of offshore wind turbines.
Innovation at the heart of the device
R&D is a core component of the bids presented. As such, the partner companies have already started working with local universities and research centres to create a offshore wind power sector in France, to be exported internationally in the future.
About GDF SUEZ
GDF SUEZ develops its businesses (electricity, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting climate change and optimising the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by harnessing diversified gas-supply sources, flexible, low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 219,300 people worldwide and obtained revenues of €97 billion in 2012. The Group is listed on the Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone, Vigeo World 120, Vigeo Europe 120 and Vigeo France 20.
About EDP Renewables (EDPR)
EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s third-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 11 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the US, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the UK and Romania). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP is Portugal’s largest industrial group and the only Portuguese company to form part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (World and STOXX).
About Neoen Marine
Neoen Marine is a French company specialising in the development of offshore renewable energy projects, and has renowned expertise in the management of environmental and technical challenges for offshore wind projects. Its strong local and territorial involvement has allowed Neoen Marine build attractive, respectful and responsible projects with consideration for local users, populations and organisations alike. Neoen Marine is a subsidiary of La Caisse des Dépôts (20%) and of Neoen, a French energy Producer (80%). Already active in France and Portugal with a portfolio of assets of around 200 MW, Neoen targets a diversified, complementary portfolio of 1,000 MW for 2016 and has a foothold in high-potential markets in Central and North America as well as Africa and Australia.
AREVA provides its clients with advanced technology solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics have made the company a point of reference and its responsible development policy is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design and construction, and operating services. The group is actively developing its activities in renewable energies – wind, bioenergy, solar and energy storage – to become a European leader in this sector.
With these two major bids, AREVA’s 46,000 employees are helping to supply ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to a greater number of people.
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