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MHI Vestas and EolMed partner for floating OWF in France

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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been chosen as the preferred supplier of wind turbines for the EolMed floating project and will supply three V164-10.0 MW turbines.

The development of floating offshore winds in France took another step forward, as Qair (formerly known as Quadran Énergies Marines) tapped MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to supply three V164-10.0 MW turbines for the EolMed pilot project.

The project will add to the unique V164 cumulative experience, as the floating offshore wind industry sets its sights on commercial developments over the next decade. This will be the second floating project to carry the nominal power of the V164 to 10 MW.

With more than 160 MW of V164 expected for floating operations, MHI Vestas is looking forward to further accelerating the reduction in the level energy cost (LCOE) of floating offshore wind.

In signing with our partner Qair, MHI Vestas confirms its commitment and leadership in floating offshore wind to the surging French floating market. 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.

Philippe Kavafyan, MHI Vestas CEO.

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.

Louis Blanchard, CEO of Qair.

The V164-10.0 MW turbines will be mounted on Ideol’s foundation and will be located approximately 18 kilometers off the coast of Gruissan in the Aude area of the Mediterranean Sea.

The combination of technologies such as Ideol’s patented Damping Pool foundation and MHI Vestas’ V164-10.0 MW turbine will potentially allow a faster market route for floating wind projects in Europe and Asia, where MHI Vestas has strong operational presences.

The 30 MW EolMed project is the third floating offshore wind project for MHI Vestas in France and the sixth floating project in general.

EolMed is scheduled for installation in 2023.

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