July 25 (SeeNews) - French independent green power developer Quadran today said it won France's tender for pilot floating offshore wind farms with a 24 MW project in the French Mediterranean Sea.
In April, via EolMed SAS, Quadran filed two bids at the tender for pilot offshore wind projects with floating turbines, opened by France’s Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) in August 2015.
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 - the Quadran-led EolMed consortium with a 24 MW project near Gruissan in the south of France and Eolfi and CGN Europe Energy with their 24 MW project near the island of Groix, off the east coast of France.
Besides Quadran, the EolMed consortium includes turbine maker Senvion SA (ETR:SEN), the floating technology of Ideol and the construction expertise of Bouygues Travaux Publics.
Quadran today said ADEME has awarded EolMed the construction of France's first floating pilot wind farm near Gruissan.
The project should be installed and commissioned in 2020.
Senvion noted it had specially adapted its 6.2M152 wind turbine to fit the floating offshore foundation developed by the EolMed consortium for the project.
The adapted turbine will feature a rotor diameter of 152 metres, with the rotors sweeping an area larger than three football pitches. Thanks to this larger rotor diameter compared to its predecessor Senvion 6.2M126 (126 metres), the energy yield at wind speeds of 9.5 m/s is increased by up to 20%, the manufacturer says. With a rated power of 6.15 megawatts, each Senvion 6.2M152 turbine can supply around 4,000 homes with electricity. It also comes with a design life of 25 instead of 20 years.
The Gruissan project is estimated to cost around EUR 215 million (USD 236.2m) and Quadran plans to use the crowdfunding platform Enerfip to raise about 1% of the equity for the project.
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.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.098)