Total joins French floating project

In: Windfarms
07/10/2020
Total has acquired a 20% share in the EolMed floating wind farm pilot project, located in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Gruissan and near Port-La-Nouvelle (Occitan region).

The project will consist of three
V164-10.0 MW turbines 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 to stabilise the structure.

Julien Pouget, Director Renewables of Total, stated: “This announcement once again demonstrates the Group's ambition and willingness to innovate in the field of renewable energies. Floating offshore wind is a very promising segment in which Total notably brings its extensive experience in offshore projects. Together with our partner Qair, we have the necessary resources to meet the technological and financial challenges that will determine our future success. I am delighted that Total can contribute to the emergence of this new sector in France.“

“The Eolmed project is at the heart of the Occitanie Region's strategy for the development of renewable energies, actively supported by local partners. It also demonstrates Qair's ambition to become a major player in floating offshore wind energy in Europe. By joining forces with a renowned French industrial partner for this innovative project developed by our teams since 2016, Qair is strengthening its technical expertise for the realisation of the Eolmed project and for future floating wind projects.”
added Louis Blanchard, CEO of Qair.

Total aims to reinforce its position in the emerging floating offshore wind sector. Today, the group is present in South Korea with a portfolio of 2 GW, and in the United Kingdom with the 100 MW
Erebus project, which has just been granted exclusive development rights for its area.

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