The consortium signed an industrial partnership with AREVA for the design and manufacture of offshore wind AREVA has a return unique experience in this field through the use of turbines on the marine field Alpha Ventus ( North Sea) since 2009 and the current installation of 600 MW of wind projects at sea.
With this ambitious partnership, GDF SUEZ and EDP Renewables want to achieve with the stakeholders performing projects and practices. The new offshore wind farms will include actively contributing to the re-industrialization and participate in the structuring of an industrial sector in France for the benefit of employment and training. These projects also provide a support for fishermen and concrete in terms of environment and maritime security solutions. Finally, these parks will be developed in compliance with the regional heritage, landscape and tourism.
GDF SUEZ and EDP Renewables have recognized expertise and complementary in renewable energy, operation of major industrial projects and work at sea two groups currently operating 36,000 MW of renewable energy in the world (onshore wind, hydro, biomass , solar …) and build nearly 7,000 MW of new capacity. GDF SUEZ is the leading onshore wind producer in France (more than 1200 MW and more than 100 parks operated), Belgium and Portugal. EDP Renewables is the third global player with onshore wind over 8000 MW in operation (including 314 MW in 29 parks in France).
GDF SUEZ and EDP Renewables also have experience leading the entire wind industry: research, project development, construction, operation and maintenance. In offshore wind, GDF SUEZ and EDP Renewables currently developing 15 projects with a total capacity of 5000 MW. EDP Renewables is co-owner of two sites at sea and is currently testing the first floating wind turbine, the “WindFloat” off Portugal. GDF SUEZ also involved in the offshore wind project Mermaid off the Belgian coast, with a capacity of 450 MW.
Offers will be evaluated by the State on the basis of technical criteria, financial, industrial, social and environmental. They must be submitted by 29 November the Commission for Energy Regulation (CRE), before a government decision expected in 2014.