Developers report progress on Provence Grand Large floating project

EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge Éolien France 2 S.à.rl, a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. and CPP Investments, are progressing with the construction of their floating offshore wind pilot project,
Provence Grand Large, off the coast of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone.  

Selected by the State in 2016 and supported by the European Union (Ner 300 and Feder programs), the Future Investments Program (PIA) operated by the Ecological Transition Agency (ADEME), and the South Region,
Provence Grand Large is among the first floating offshore wind projects in France under construction. It will use feature an innovative system of tensioned mooring line floats developed by SBM Offshore and IFP Energies Nouvelles. Installed 17 km from the coast, the three 8.4 MW floating offshore wind turbines are expected to produce the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of 45,000 inhabitants.

The project has passed several important milestones in recent months. Launched at the end of 2020, the construction site for the floats by SBM Offshore on the Eiffage Métal site in Fos-sur-Mer is continuing, currently mobilising around a hundred people in the port area. At the same time, the land connection works prior to the laying of the electric cables are being finalised, in close collaboration with RTE. Project financing agreements between the consortium and its financial partners were secured in November 2021 for a total project investment cost of approximately €300 million.

Cédric Le Bousse, Director of Marine Renewable Energies France at EDF Renewables, said: “Since 2011, the Provence Grand Large pilot project has been involved in the birth of floating offshore wind power in France. The quality of the collaboration with our partners SBM Offshore, which is building and installing the floats, as well as Siemens Gamesa and Prysmian, respectively in charge of the turbines and the electric cables, has enabled the project to progress both in terms of its construction and its financing with the nine partner banks. These are all key steps towards the commissioning scheduled for 2023. It is also a decisive feedback to increase our expertise and support the development of the projects that we carry out in the south of Brittany (AO5) and that we are studying in response to fixed and floating offshore wind tenders."

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