November 18 (Renewables Now) - MHI Vestas Offshore Wind today said it has been picked as the preferred turbine supplier for a pilot floating wind farm off the south coast of France, to be powered by three of its 10-MW turbines.
The Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) wind project is a partnership between French utility Engie (EPA:ENGI) and EDP Renewables (ELI:EDPR). The pilot facility is planned to use three V164-10.0 MW turbines mounted on WindFloat semi-submersible floating foundation platforms by Principle Power. To be located off the coast of Leucate and Le Barcares, the 30-MW power plant is planned to be commissioned in 2022.
EFGL was initially planned to use GE Renewable Energy’s 6-MW hardware.
According to the turbine supplier, which is a joint venture between Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (TYO:7011), the scheme will mark the first use of its 10-MW machines for a floating wind farm. It will also expand the partnership between EDP Renewables, Engie and MHI Vestas in the 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic project, which is currently being installed in Portugal.
Port La Nouvelle in Southern France will be used as the assembly stage before the turbines are towed to the project site.