Siemens Gamesa's 8-MW turbine confirmed for 500-MW French project

Siemens Gamesa's SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine. Image source: ├śrsted

January 10 (Renewables Now) - Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) confirmed today it will supply its 8-MW offshore turbine to the 500-MW Saint Brieuc project in France.

The project, being developed by Ailes Marines, switched from Adwen's AD 8-180 model to the SG 8.0-167 DD turbine by Siemens Gamesa after the manufacturer decided in September 2017 to discontinue production of the Adwen turbine and focus on its offshore direct drive platform.

The change of technology has been approved by the French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition in December.  

Siemens Gamesa will now install 62 direct-drive turbines at the project off the Bretagne coast. The developer, Ailes Marines, is a partnership between Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE), which has a 70% stake, and Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Caisse des Depots. In a separate announcement today it said the technology switch has also been approved by the prefect of Cotes-d'Armor department. It added that the change will not impact the project schedule, with final investment decision still targeted in 2020.   

Siemens Gamesa said it will be supplying 189 units of its 8-MW direct-drive turbine in total in France for the Saint Brieuc, Dieppe-Le Treport and Yeu-Noirmoutier offshore wind projects, each of 500 MW, as well as the floating 24-MW Provence Grand large project.

Adwen was set up in 2015 as a 50/50 joint venture between France's Areva and Spain's Gamesa. The French nuclear power company decided in September 2016 to sell its stake in the offshore wind turbine developer to its JV partner ahead of Gamesa's merger with the wind power division of Siemens AG (ETR:SIE).

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