Offshore Wind: GDF SUEZ, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine and AREVA Submit Their
Offers for the Region of Tréport and Islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier
*6,000 local jobs in France
*Annual power supply for 1.6 million people
*Technological innovation featuring the only 8 MW French wind turbine
PARIS -- November 29, 2013
Regulatory News :
GDF SUEZ, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine, and AREVA (Paris:AREVA) submitted to
the French government today their proposals for the installation and operation
of 1,000MW of offshore wind energy – 500 MW in the Le Tréport
(Haute-Normandie) area and 500MW in the vicinity of the islands of Yeu and
Noirmoutier (Pays-de-la-Loire). The estimated production generated by these
two wind farms could provide the electricity for 1.6 million French people.
GDF SUEZ, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine and AREVA want to develop their
projects through a powerful and sustainable local industrial sector in close
collaboration with local stakeholders. These projects also ensure support for
fishermen and concrete solutions for the protection of the environment and the
landscape. As leaders in renewable energy that are already involved in 25
offshore wind projects, the partners will utilize their complementary
expertise from the management of major industrial projects, offshore
construction, to the technical analysis.
Projects that create jobs and economic activity in France
The construction of these two wind farms will generate close to 6,000 jobs and
involve many local businesses. With the support of local authorities, chambers
of commerce, and related industries, the consortium partners have met with
close to 450 businesses in the regions of Normandy, Picardy, and in
Pays-de-la-Loire, notably in Vendée. This network would form the base of the
French offshore wind industry.
These projects will also involve the significant development of regional port
facilities. At the port of Le Havre, four factories will be set up to
manufacture the nacelles, blades, and other key equipment for wind turbines
(bearings, multipliers, generators, etc.). In addition, the ports of Le Havre
and Saint-Nazaire will serve as construction sites for the offshore
facilities. Finally, support centers for logistics, operations, and
maintenance will be located at the ports of Dieppe and Le Tréport, as well as
on the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier, mobilizing 100% local jobs.
The most powerful French offshore wind turbine
GDF SUEZ, EDP Renewables, and Neoen have chosen AREVA’s new 8 MW turbine, made
in France. This technology provides improved productivity and output, nearly a
40% reduction in the number of turbines at the wind farms and enhanced
compatibility with local fishing activities. This turbine will also make it
possible to reduce construction time and optimize wind farm maintenance.
This 8 MW turbine brings together the industrial experience and the recognized
reliability of AREVA’s technological platform in the offshore wind field.
Innovation at the heart of the strategy
The Research & Development is an integral part of the offers presented. The
partners have also initiated cooperation with local universities and research
institutes to build an offshore wind industry in France, to be exported
internationally in the future.
About GDF SUEZ
GDF SUEZ develops its businesses (electricity, natural gas, services) around a
model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and
environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of
supply, combating climate change and optimizing the use of resources. The
Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals,
cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible
and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key
sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power
production and environmental services. GDFSUEZ employs 219,300 people
worldwide and achieved revenues of €97 billion in 2012. The Group is listed on
the Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges and is represented in the
main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100,
FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone, Vigeo World 120, Vigeo Europe
120 and Vigeo France 20.
About EDP Renewables
EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a global
leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s third-largest wind
energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and
market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development
in recent years and is currently present in 11 markets (Belgium, Brazil,
Canada, Spain, the US, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the UK and Romania).
Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the majority shareholder of EDPR, is a
global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and
sustainability. EDP is Portugal’s largest industrial group and the only
Portuguese company to form part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (World
About Neoen Marine
Neoen Marine is a French company specialized in the development of Marine
Renewable Energy projects. Neoen Marine has built a unique expertise in the
management of environmental and technical challenges for offshore wind
projects. Its strong local and territorial involvement has led Neoen Marine to
build attractive, harmonious and responsible projects. Neoen Marine is a 20%
subsidiary of La Caisse des Dépôts and 80% of neoen, a French Independent
Energy Producer. Already active in France and Portugal with a portfolio of
assets exceeding 200 MW, neoen targets 1,000 MW for 2016, establishing its
foothold on high potential markets in Central and North America as well as
Africa and Australia.
AREVA supplies advanced technology solutions for power generation with less
carbon. Its expertise and unwavering insistence on safety, security,
transparency and ethics are setting the standard, and its responsible
development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated
offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor
design and construction, and operating services. The group is actively
developing its activities in renewable energies – wind, bioenergy, solar and
energy storage – to become a European leader in this sector.
With these two major offers, AREVA’s 46,000 employees are helping to supply
ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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