The French government on Friday approved the switch to Siemens Gamesa turbines from Adwen hardware at the 496-MW Saint-Brieuc offshore wind project.
The decision, made by energy minister Nicolas Hulot, was announced in a social media post by project developer Ailes Marines. The wind farm will now use 8.0-167 turbines supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) instead of Adwen's AD8 offshore turbines.
Siemens Gamesa announced in September that it will discontinue the production of Adwen's AD8 offshore wind turbine and will instead use the D8, its 8-MW direct drive offshore wind turbine, following the acquisition Adwen. The purchase of a 50% stake from France’s Areva (EPA:AREVA), which owned Adwen together with Spain’s Gamesa, was carried out before Gamesa’s merger with the wind power division of Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) that closed earlier this year.
Ailes Marine’s shareholders are Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE), which has a 70% stake, and Avel Vor. The French company said it will now work on changing the Saint-Brieuc wind project documents to reflect the turbine choice.
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