Alstom has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with BFG France that covers the supply of composite structures to produce the nacelle casings for Alstom's Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine.
Alstom says that the agreement, signed within the framework of France's second offshore wind call for tenders, will be applicable in the event that the company's consortium with EDF Energies Nouvelles and wpd offshore is awarded at least one of two wind farm projects. At the end of year, the consortium threw its hat in to compete for the two French offshore wind sites with a potential for 500 MW each.
Furthermore, the turbine maker says one additional project obtained would allow the company to develop and sustain its French industrial base.
"Alstom and its partners stand ready to make investments that will create up to 8,000 jobs if we are awarded the projects needed to support such investments," says Jerome Pecresse, president of Alstom Renewable Power.
Alstom adds that it continues discussions with 300 French suppliers, and the consortium has already selected STX to build substations and signed a deal with La Rochelle harbor. Alstom is constructing two plants in Saint-Nazaire that will produce the nacelles and generators, and the facilities are slated for completion by year-end.