Ocean Winds (a Joint Venture between ENGIE and EDP Renewables) and Principle Power have entered into a collaboration agreement to co-operate on the design of the floating platforms for France’s first commercial-scale floating wind tender.
In September this year, the French government selected Ocean Winds to participate in the tender process. It expects to announce the winner of the tender next year. The two companies have successfully delivered the 25 MW WindFloat Atlantic project (pictured) currently operating in Portugal and are working together on the 30 MW Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) project in French Mediterranean Sea planned for commissioning in 2023.
The South Brittany floating offshore wind project will have a capacity of 270 MW. Grzegorz Gorski, COO of Ocean Winds, commented: “Our aim is to deploy the full know-how of Ocean Winds to ensure that the South Brittany floating offshore wind project is a success for France. Our 10+ years of experience developing and operating floating wind projects, including WindFloat 1 which started production in 2011 and WindFloat Atlantic, the world’s first semi-submersible floating wind farm, makes us uniquely qualified to deliver this project”.
Photo: WindFloat Atlantic (Artist DOCK90. Photo courtesy of Principle Power)