October 8 (Renewables Now) - Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will deliver turbines for the 28.5-MW Groix & Belle-Ile pilot floating wind project off the French coast, replacing GE as a preferred turbine supplier.
The company, which is a joint venture between Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (TYO:7011), said on Monday it has signed a preferred supplier agreement in Paris. Under its terms, MHI Vestas will provide three of its V164-9.5MW machines that will be used instead of the initially planned 6-MW General Electric turbines. The US conglomerate withdrew from the scheme in April.
The floating wind park is planned to be installed off the coast of Brittany in 2022, at water depths of between 55 metres (180.4ft) and 70 metres. According to the project’s website, the total investment is estimated at EUR 230 million (USD 252.6m).
The partnership behind the Groix & Belle-Ile project, called Groix & Belle-Ile Floating Offshore Wind Farm (FEFGBI), includes CGN Europe Energy, la Banque des Territoires and French renewables firm Eolfi. Naval Energies will be providing the floating platforms for the pilot facility.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.098)