November 18, 2019
2022 floating pilot project will be the first offshore wind park to feature MHI Vestas’ 10 MW turbine.
For the second time in six weeks, MHI Vestas has been chosen as 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.
For further information contact:
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
T: +45 8844 8950
About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology and commitment. For more information, see www.mhivestasoffshore.com or follow @MHIVestas on Twitter.
MHI Vestas in the Floating Offshore Wind Sector
Five (5) projects to date:
• WindFloat 1 (Portugal) – 1 x V80-2.0 MW installed in 2011 (decommissioned)
• WindFloat Atlantic (Portugal) – 3 x V164-8.4 MW (currently being installed)
• Kincardine (Scotland) – 5 x V164-9.5 MW (installed in 2020)
• Groix & Belle Ile (France) – 3 x V164-9.5 MW (planned installation in 2022)
• EFGL (France) – 3 x V164-10.0 MW (planned installation in 2022)
Most powerful turbines operating on a floating platform:
• 2019: 8.4 MW
• 2020: 9.5 MW
• 2022: 10.0 MW
• Projected installed base as of 2022: 14 turbines, 134 MW