Schneider Electric has been selected as a preferred supplier of power equipment for Areva’s offshore wind projects in France.
This includes in particular the wind farm of 100 5MW turbines in the bay of Saint Brieuc off the coast of Brittany and the current tenders for the offshore wind farms at Le Tréport off the coast of Haute-Normandie and the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier in Pays de la Loire (France).
Under the terms of the agreement signed by the two groups, Schneider Electric will supply transformers and circuit breakers for AREVA’s wind farms. These components will be manufactured at two of Schneider Electric’s French industrial sites, located near Metz and Grenoble.
Frédéric Abbal, Executive Vice President, Energy Business Schneider Electric’s Energy Business, said: “Schneider Electric is delighted to be designated as AREVA’s preferred technology partner for their offshore wind projects. The combination of expertise offered by our two companies proves highly promising for the rapid establishment of a leading French sector of excellence in offshore wind.”
Louis-François Durret, CEO of AREVA Renewables, said: “This agreement with Schneider Electric further underscores our commitment to developing a complete industrial sector in France, providing job creation opportunities and harnessing our local expertise.”
Press release, March 12, 2014; Image: Areva