Bourbon Subsea Services scores floating wind installation contract


BOURBON has announced that it will contribute to the construction of the
EolMed project, a pilot project of three floating wind foundations, each fitted with 10 MW turbines, to be installed by mid-2024.

Earlier this month, developers behind the
EolMed floating wind project have made the final investment decision (FID) for the 30 MW offshore floating wind development. The project is owned by Qair (75%), BW Ideol (20%), and TotalEnergies (5%).

Located in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Gruissan in the Aude region, it will consist of three Vestas
V164-10 MW wind turbines with a total capacity of 30 MW and will be able to meet the energy needs of 50,000 people. The wind turbines will be installed on floating foundations more than 18 km from the shore and anchored at an average depth of 60 metres.

BOURBON’s scope of work will include the complete farm offshore installation, and includes the detailed design, procurement and fabrication of the floating electrical hub, the inter array cables, anchoring and mooring systems.

“We are very happy of this partnership with Eolmed. Thanks to the effort of the team and the trust of the EolMed partners, we are on the path to initiate a great milestone for the development of floating wind in Europe. This award demonstrates also our capabilities to undertake wide EPCI offshore projects,”
said Patrick Belenfant, CEO of Bourbon Subsea Services.

Since 2011, BOURBON has installed several floating wind turbine prototypes around the world (Portugal, France, Scotland, Norway). It includes the first European pre-industrial floating wind farm (
Windfloat Atlantic) completed in 2020 offshore Portugal.

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