TotalEnergies Starts Construction of its First Floating Wind Farm in France


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TotalEnergies is happy to announce that construction has begun on the Eolmed project. This project is operated by Qair, in which TotalEnergies holds a 20% share. The 30 MW project is located 18km off the coasts of Gruissan (Occitan) and Port la Nouvelle. Production is expected to begin in 2024.

The wind farm will include three wind turbines of 10 MW mounted on steel floats. They will be connected by an underwater cable to the French Electricity Transmission Network, RTE.

Thanks to all stakeholders, the project achieved the objectives of its partners to ensure good environmental integration and promote the Occitanie Region’s know-how. Eolmed is part the Occitanie Regional’s strategy for relocating industrial production. The consortium formed a joint venture with Ponticelli and Matiere to make the floats in Port-la-Nouvelle and Bagnac-sur-Cele. The new port infrastructure will allow this joint venture to benefit and mobilize over 600,000 man-hours across Occitania.

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TotalEnergies has developed floating wind energy as part of its strategy. This allows for deeper locations, further away from the coast, and greater wind resource access. This technology is being developed by the Company in France and abroad via several projects that are at various stages of development.

  • In France, in addition to Eolmed in the Mediterranean Sea and the Company’s participation in a tender for a floating windfarm with Green Investment Group, Qair, the Company participates in a Brittany tender to develop a floating farm.
  • In South Korea the company is building a portfolio of more than 2 GW floating offshore wind power with Green Investment Group.
  • TotalEnergies, a UK-based energy company, is currently developing the 96MW Erebus project in The Celtic Sea, together with Simply Blue Energy.
  • The United States saw TotalEnergies launch the TotalEnergies SBE US joint venture alongside Simply Blue Group in an effort to increase floating wind.

“We are proud that we have contributed through Eolmed in France’s development of floating offshore wind. This segment is very promising and TotalEnergies brings its vast experience in offshore projects. We will work with our partners to mobilize our knowledge and best resources to meet the technological challenges and industrial opportunities of this project. This accomplishes the dual objective of providing renewable energy and developing local content,” Olivier Terneaud VP Offshore Wind at TotalEnergies.

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