MHI Vestas scores third French floating contract

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Qair (formerly known as Quadran Énergies Marines) has named MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MHI Vestas) as the preferred wind turbine supplier for the EolMed floating project. The company will supply three of its V164-10.0 MW turbines.

V164-10.0 MW turbines will be installed on Ideol’s patented Damping Pool floating foundation and will be located in the Mediterranean Sea approximately 18 km off the coast of Gruissan in the Aude region. The ring-shaped hollow concrete foundation is designed to allow water movement within the central opening to counteract the motion of the floater caused by wave swell and stabilises the structure.

“In signing with our partner Qair, MHI Vestas confirms its commitment and leadership in floating offshore wind to the surging French floating market,”
said MHI Vestas CEO Philippe Kavafyan. “The EolMed project adds a significant building block as we will deploy our V164-10.0 MW turbine atop Ideol’s floating barge foundation. This collaboration with Qair and Ideol will undoubtedly help accelerate the floating sector from demonstration to commercial-scale projects.”

Louis Blanchard, CEO of Qair, added: “MHI Vestas is an undisputed leader in the offshore wind industry, and we are happy that they join us now to work for the EolMed project. At Qair, as a producer of energy from renewable sources, we are committed to accelerate the global energy transition. We have no doubt that having MHI Vestas as a preferred wind turbine supplier for EolMed will help to bring this exciting and ambitious project to life.”

Following the announcements for
Groix & Belle Ile and Eoliennes Flottantes du golfe du Lion, the 30 MW EolMed project is the third floating offshore wind project for MHI Vestas in France and the sixth floating project overall. EolMed is scheduled for installation in 2023. It will be the second floating project in which the V164 nominal capacity is brought to 10 MW.

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