The developers behind the Groix & Belle-Ile pilot floating offshore wind farm in France have selected MHI Vestas to supply the turbines for the project.
The project will be MHI Vestas’ fourth floating wind project and its first in France. It will supply three V164-9.5MW wind turbines, replacing the 6 MW GE turbines that the developers originally planned to use.
Installing the 9.5 MW machine for the Groix and Belle-Ile project will build on our experience from WindFloat Atlantic in Portugal and Kincardine in Scotland,” said Philippe Kavafyan, CEO of MHI Vestas. “The oceanic conditions we see in the West of France are representative of 80 per cent of global floating potential, so we look forward to delivering our technology to France and leveraging our experience for future floating projects.”
Groix & Belle-Ile will be installed off the coast of Brittany. It is being developed by Eolfi, CGN Europe Energy and la Banque des Territoires.
Naval Energies is supplying the floating platforms. Commissioning of the project, in water depths of 70 m, is now planned for 2022, one year later than initially scheduled.