Areva 8MW for France's Saint-Brieuc

Iberdrola-led consortium Ailes Marines confirmed it now plans to use Areva's new 8MW turbine at the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in France.

The project, awarded under the first round of French offshore wind tenders in 2012, was originally slated to use the manufacturer’s 5MW machine.

"Thanks to their increased power, the number of turbines to be installed at the Saint-Brieuc offshore project will be reduced from 100 to 62 and total installed capacity will be 496MW," Ailes Marines told Recharge.

The choice of the new turbine must be validated by the Ministry of the Ecology and Sustainable Development (MEDDE), the company added.

Areva will also install jacket foundations at the Saint-Brieuc project, which is due to be fully operational by 2020.

The 8MW machine – which is destined to become the lynchpin of the offshore wind joint venture between Areva and Gamesa – is also destined for the 1GW of French wind awarded in the most recent tender round.