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Large offshore wind project in Brittany collects key authorisations

Adwen's 5-MW turbine offshore. Copyright: Adwen GmbH / J. Oelker.

April 20 (Renewables Now) - Ailes Marines announced on Thursday that it has secured the three administrative authorisations required to build and operate the 496-MW Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in Brittany, northwestern France.

The developer said in a statement that the Prefet of the Cotes-d’Armor had made the authorisations on April 18 after examining the project for 18 months. Ailes Marines will now work to conclude the technical surveys and define the layout of the operations and maintenance (O&M) base, while also preparing future environmental monitoring plans and continuing with public consultations.

The EUR-2.5-billion (USD 2.69bn) scheme envisages erecting 62 units of Adwen’s 8-MW wind turbines in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, forming the first large-scale offshore wind park in Brittany. All of the funds for the project will be provided by Ailes Marines’ shareholders, namely Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE), which has a 70% stake, and Avel Vor. The latter itself is a 75/25 joint venture between Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) and Caisse des Depots.

“This is an important day for the project, which leads us in to a new phase of development, and a step further towards the project being delivered,” said Emmanuel Rollin, Ailes Marines project director.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.077)

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