July 25 (SeeNews) - French wind energy company Eolfi and CGN Europe Energy, a unit of Chinese China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), won a 24 MW project in France's tender for pilot floating wind farms.
Eight consortia, among which the heavy-weights of the industry EDF Energies Nouvelles and Engie, have submitted bids in the tender for constructing floating wind farms in four designated areas at three French regions - Brittany, Languedoc-Roussillon et Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.
French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal on Friday unveiled the two winners - Eolfi and CGN Europe Energy with their 24 MW project near the island of Groix, off the east coast of France and a Quadran, Senvion consortium also with a 24 MW project near Gruissan in the south of France.
Eolfi and CGN Europe Energy will use four of the 6 MW Haliade offshore wind turbines, developed by Alstom and now part of General Electric Co’s (NYSE:GE) portfolio. The floating structures will be designed by naval defence and energy group DCNS while Vinci will be the construction contractor.
France targets to have an installed offshore wind capacity of 3,000 MW with at least 100 MW of floating wind and other marine energy technologies in operation by 2023. The winners for the zones in Leucate and Faraman will be announced in September.