Offshore wind development company Eoliennes en Mer Iles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier (EMYN) says that its 500 MW project off the island of Yeu and Noirmoutier in France has been given the green light.

The developer, a venture between Engie, EDPR and Banque des Territoires, says that it will now be able to prepare for construction of the wind farm and proceed with the calls to tender for subcontractors to manufacture and install the components.

The authorizations awarded concern the concessions for the use of marine area, the environmental impact assessment, and plans for an operations & maintenance base at Port-Joinville on the island of Yeu.

The 496 MW Iles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier wind farm project is located 11.6 km from the island of Yeu and 16.5 km from Noirmoutier, in water depths of 17-35 m. It will consist of 62 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines, and construction is expected to start next year.

EMYN is also developing another 496 MW wind farm at Dieppe Le Tréport.