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The French government presented a multiannual energy programme on 27 November, revealing plans to increase onshore wind capacity from the current 14.3GW to some 35GW by 2030 and to add further 2.2GW of offshore wind, on top of the 3GW already tendered and waiting to be built.
Six floating wind companies have called on the French Government to include up to 5GW of floating wind capacity in the country’s revised multiannual energy program, to be brought online by 2030.
Following a delay of several months, France has launched a tender for the development and operation of a wind farm offshore Dunkerque.
The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition has authorized the operation of two offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of nearly 1GW.
Floating offshore wind turbine Floatgen, the first offshore wind turbine installed off the French coast, has started delivering electricity to the grid.
Prysmian Group has secured inter-array cable contracts worth over EUR 220 million for three offshore wind farms in France.
The Floatgen floating offshore wind turbine is now ready to supply clean energy to the French electrical grid, after Mojo Maritime replaced a defective connection box at the SEM-REV test site, which was preventing an electrical connection to marine energy converters.
France has re-negotiated feed-in tariffs for six previously approved offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of 3GW.
Spanish floating wind platform developer Saitec Offshore Technologies has been awarded three weeks at IFREMER’s wave basin facilities in France to further validate and develop its SATH technology due to funding from the European network Marinet2.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will decide on the fate of the six already approved offshore wind projects in the next few days, according to Le Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER), a French renewables lobby.
The French government has submitted to the Senate a package of laws which includes a proposal to renegotiate the terms of the six offshore wind projects selected in the first two tender rounds, the French financial daily Les Echos reports.
Belgian transmission system operator Elia has appointed London Offshore Consultants (France) SARL as the marine warranty surveyor for submarine cables and the Offshore SwitchYard (OSY) platform for the Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) project in the Belgian North Sea.
STX France has organised a delivery ceremony for the Arkona offshore substation in Saint-Nazaire, France.
The results of the call for offshore wind tenders in the Dunkirk area in France will be released in March, said French Secretary of State Sébastien Lecornu.
French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot has approved the switch from the Adwen 8MW to the Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbine to be used on the 496MW Bay of Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, Ailes Marines, the developer of the project, said.