France’s first commercial offshore wind farm has been developed by Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc. It officially opened on Wednesday in partnership with EDF Renewables and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
The 480MW Saint-Nazaire wind farm consists of 80 wind turbines off the coast of France’s Loire-Atlantique region. It should provide the equivalent of 400,000 homes a year, or 20% of the electricity consumption in the Lower Atlantic region.
The €2 billion project was created as part of the French government’s goal to develop the country’s renewable energy sector. French President Emmanuel Macron France aims to implement about 40 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2050, which will operate in about 50 offshore wind farms.
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Calgary-based Enbridge, which owns 25.5% of the Saint-Nazaire project, is keen to expand its wind energy portfolio. Since 2015, the company’s involvement in European offshore wind has grown significantly and includes stakes in the Rampion offshore wind project in the UK and the Hohe See and Albatross wind projects off the coast of Germany.
Enbridge is a partner in three French wind projects, Fécamp, Calvados and Provence Grand Large, currently under construction.
In a statement on Wednesday, the company said it was pleased to see the wind farm in Saint-Nazaire come online at a time when the global energy crisis highlights the importance of reliable and safe energy, especially in Europe.
“Enbridge welcomes the arrival of the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, the first commercial offshore wind project in France, and our leadership role in the global energy transition,” said Matthew Ackman, Enbridge Senior Vice President. Energy, strategy and new energy technologies, in a press release.
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