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France plans 45GW offshore wind by 2050

RICHARD HEAP

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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