Turbine maker Areva has named compatriot Schneider Electric as its preferred supplier of power equipment for offshore wind farms it is involving in developing off France, including the giant 500MW Saint Brieuc, Le Tréport and Yeu-Noirmoutier projects.
Under the terms of the deal signed
by the two French companies, which last month tied-up to advance hydrogen fuel cell
energy storage systems, Schneider will provide transformers and circuit
breakers, to be manufactured at its facilities near Metz and Grenoble.
"This agreement with
Schneider further underscores our commitment to developing a complete
industrial sector in France, providing job creation opportunities and
harnessing our local expertise," states Areva Renewables chief executive
Schneider's energy business unit
vice president, Frédéric Abbal, adds: "The combination of expertise offered by our
two companies proves highly promising for the rapid establishment of a leading
French sector of excellence in offshore wind."
A consortium made up of GDF Suez, EDP Renewables, Neoen
Marine, and Areva last November handed in a bid to the French government to
build 1GW of offshore wind energy as early as 2021 in the waters off western
France using 8MW turbines, a design for which is currently on the drawingboards
at the OEM.