The French government has awarded a consortium comprising Iberdrola and Eole-RES the exclusive rights to develop a 500 MW offshore wind project in the area of Saint-Brieuc in France.
The offshore wind farm will be built about 20 km off the coast of Saint-Brieuc Bay in the French administrative area of Cotes d'Armor by the consortium led by Iberdrola and Eole-RES. Technology partners Areva, Technip and Neoen Marine have also signed on to the project. A joint-venture company, Ailes Marines, has been set up to manage the project and subsequent operation of the site.
Co-investors Iberdrola and Eole-RES, with the support of Neoen Marine, will jointly develop the offshore wind farm, which will be operated by Ailes Marines. Areva Group will manufacture turbines at a factory in Le Havre and will also be responsible for their maintenance.
Technip plans to create 300 new engineering jobs for the installation of subsea cables, foundations and turbines. The consortium has also signed agreements with French companies STX and Eiffage to manufacture jacket type foundations.
Over the next 18 months, the consortium will analyze both the technical and environmental risk conditions of the site in order to conduct the project feasibility study.
In July 2011, France launched the first round of a tender process aimed at installing 3 GW of offshore wind capacity that will involve the construction of around 600 wind turbines by 2018. The Saint-Brieuc offshore project covers a total area of 80 square kilometers and comprises 100 5 MW wind turbines.