GDF group's French industrial pledge

A rendering of Areva's 8MW turbine

A rendering of Areva's 8MW turbine

A European consortium bidding to build two giant offshore wind developments in the waters off the western coast of France by 2021 has underscored its ambition at a meeting of regional stakeholders.

The group, made up of GDF Suez, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine and Areva, aims to create some 6,000 jobs and a "Made in France" industrial complex involving four regional ports as part of its plans to develop the 500MW Le Tréport project, off the coast of the Haute-Normandie area, and the 500MW Yeu and Noirmoutier wind farm off Pays-de-la-Loire in an "innovative, concerted and local environmentally friendly [way]."

"Supported by the local authorities, chambers of commerce, and industry, the consortium partners [aim] to build a local industrial ecosystem which will form the base of a robust French offshore wind sector," says the Log in to read complete article.

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