a €4.5 billion contract for offshore wind power

Bruno Le Maire and Roland Lescure were at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, this Thursday, May 2, 2024, to announce measures to promote the development of offshore wind power and its industry.

The ministers attended the signing of the €4.5 billion contract between RTE, Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Hitachi relating to the supply of offshore electrical substations for future French offshore wind farms and the inauguration of the electrical substation in sea ​​commissioned by Engie for the Yeu-Noirmoutier wind farm.

Bruno Lemaire © Alain Moreau

Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Roland Lescure, Minister Delegate for Industry and Energy visited the electrical substation at Yeu-Noirmoutier park. This platform located 16.5 km southwest of Epine (Noirmoutier), 20.6 km west of the continent and 11.7 km northwest of Ile d’Yeu. This electrical substation will have the function of recovering energy from 62 offshore wind turbines, transforming alternating electric current into direct current to avoid line loss.

Three major players have appended their signatures to the contract worth €4.5 billion. Hitachi, RTE and Chantiers de l’Atlantique will be in charge.

New support measures for the deployment and industrialization of offshore wind power in France

France has set ambitious objectives for the development of renewable energies and the diversification of the French energy mix, in order to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

Offshore wind is part of this strategy, with a target of at least 45 GW in service in 2050, which would represent more than 20% of our electricity consumption, with an intermediate point at 18 GW in 2035.

Roland Lescure @ Alain Moreau

To date, the Saint-Nazaire park has been fully commissioned since 2022 (480 MW), followed by the Fécamp (497 MW) and Saint-Brieuc (496 MW) parks which inject into the network and should be fully commissioned. in service in May and June 2024. Three other projects should be commissioned in 2025 and 2026: Courseulles-sur-Mer (448 MW), Yeu-Noirmoutier (488 MW) and Dieppe-le-Tréport (496 MW). The Dunkerque park (600 MW) is planned for 2028-2029 and that of Centre-Manche 1 (1.2 GW) in 2031.

This is therefore almost 4.6 GW, including the three pilot farms located in the Mediterranean, which are being developed on the French coasts, to which are added the current allocation procedures.

The mapping of offshore wind power, continuation of the public debate “The sea in debate”

The public debate “The sea in debate”, held on the 4 French maritime coasts, ended on April 26. The National Commission for Public Debate and the specific committees now have two months to prepare their assessment. The State and RTE, as project owners, will have three months to respond.

Saint-Nazaire: a €4.5 billion contract for offshore wind power
Signature of the contract between Hitachi, RTE and Chantiers de l’Atlantique.@ Alain Moreau

In order to prepare the State’s response, the ministers announced the establishment of reinforced consultation, under the aegis of the prefects, on each facade with stakeholders and elected officials, taking into account the lessons of the public debate . This new phase of consultation will notably aim to enlighten the government on the mapping of areas suitable for offshore wind power over 10 years and 2050, which will be published by the end of September, to provide visibility on the deployment of offshore wind power in France.

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