EFGL Selects MHI Vestas Turbines Floating Wind Project

The 2022 floating pilot project will feature MHI Vestas’ 10 MW turbine after the firm’s V164-10.0 MW offshore wind turbines were selected by EFGL.

EFGL Vestas Floating Wind

The 2022 floating pilot project will be the first offshore wind park to feature MHI Vestas’ 10 MW turbine after the firm’s V164-10.0 MW offshore wind turbines were selected by the Eoliennes Flottantes du golfe du Lion (EFGL).

For the second time in six weeks, MHI Vestas has been chosen as the preferred wind turbine supplier in the French floating offshore wind market. Once installed, EFGL will feature the world’s most powerful wind turbines in commercial operation, a landmark achievement for the burgeoning floating offshore wind market.

The project, developed by a consortium including Engie and EDP Renewables, is scheduled to deploy three V164-10.0 MW turbines sitting atop the semi-submersible WindFloat platform from Principle Power, Inc.

“MHI Vestas is proud to be selected as preferred wind turbine supplier for our second floating project in France,” said Albert Winnemuller, MHI Vestas Head of Floating. “We continue to refine our technology and experience in the floating sector and are exceptionally pleased to be installing the world’s first 10 MW turbine for EFGL.”

The parties plan to use Port La Nouvelle in Southern France as the assembly harbour before the turbines are towed into place more than 16 km off the coast of Leucate and Le Barcares. The 30 MW pilot project is a continuation of the successful partnership between EDP Renewables, Engie, and MHI Vestas from the WindFloat Atlantic project, which is currently being installed in Portugal.

EFGL is the 5th floating offshore wind project in line for MHI Vestas, following WindFloat 1, Windfloat Atlantic, Kincardine, and Groix & Belle Ile.

Recently, with an aim to expand its renewable energy business and to get specialisation in floating wind capabilities, Royal Dutch Shell has entered into an agreement to buy 100 percent shareholding in French renewable energy developer EOLFI. The move is significant for Shell, as the company is looking for growing offshore wind business in France.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.