EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has won three projects in the tender launched by the French government to install 3 GW of offshore wind power off the coast of France.
Alstom will be the exclusive supplier to the EDF EN-led consortium, which includes DONG Energy, Nass & Wind and WPD Offshore. The successful bid includes three projects submitted for the Saint-Nazaire, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fecamp sites, which include a total of approximately 240 wind turbines.
Orders will run on a site-by-site basis starting in 2014, following the completion of feasibility and impact studies for each project. For Alstom, this project represents a total order amount of over 2 billion euros, which will be booked over a period of several years, the company says.
Nacelle and generator manufacturing facilities will be located dockside on a 14-hectare tract of land in the Montoir-de-Bretagne port area of Saint-Nazaire. The blades will be made in partnership with LM Wind Power in Cherbourg, where the towers will also be manufactured. In addition, an engineering and research center will be established in France's Pays de la Loire region.
The first Haliade 150 turbine was installed at the Carnet site, near St-Nazaire, and will be used for testing prior to certification. A second offshore turbine will be delivered in Belgium this fall for a second round of tests at sea.
Recruitment and installation of the first factories in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg will begin in 2013, and production is due to start in 2014.