France plans 45GW offshore wind by 2050


May 3, 2024

The French government plans to increase offshore wind capacity to 18GW in 2035 and 45GW in 2050, according to a ministerial announcement in Saint Nazaire yesterday.

Energy Minister Bruno Le Maire said the government would support the acceleration of offshore wind in France, where the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm, the 480MW Saint Nazaire project, was commissioned in 2022. The 497MW Fécamp and 496MW Saint-Brieuc projects are both due to be fully commissioned by the end of June; and five more fixed-bottom schemes are due to complete by 2031.

He made the commitment to reach 45GW by 2050 at the signing of a €4.5bn contract between French transmission system operator Réseau de Transport d’Electricité, Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Hitachi for the supply of offshore substations for offshore wind farms.

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