Final investment decision for floating French project

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 06/05/2022 BW Ideol
The 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.

The square-shaped floating foundations, each with a central opening, have been manufactured to BW Ideol’s patented Damping Pool design, which reduces swell impact. The wind turbine is fixed at the back of the floater.

BW Ideol and Qair have been cooperating on the
EolMed project since 2016 and the early development stages when the French government awarded the project on including BW Ideol’s floating wind technology. Back in 2020, TotalEnergies Renewables acquired a 20% ownership in the project. It recently secured in backing from €85 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

According to the project partners, more details are set to be released on Monday (9th May 2022).