Image courtesy of Bernard Biger – Chantiers de l’Atlantique
In April 2021, GE’s Grid Solutions, with its two French consortium partners Chantiers de l’Atlantique (CDA) and Societe de Dragage International (SDI), booked a contract with Parc Eolien en mer du Calvados, owned by the consortium made up of EDF Renewables, Enbridge, CPPIB and wpd offshore to design, manufacture and install the electrical substation for the offshore wind farm located at 10km off Courseulles-sur-Mer, in Normandy, France.
Calvados offshore wind farm marks GE’s Grid Solutions’ fourth offshore wind farm contract in France after Saint-Nazaire, Fécamp and Saint-Brieuc Bay offshore wind farms, generating a total capacity of around 1,900 MW.
Offshore wind energy represents the greatest potential in the coming decade in France. France has the 2nd largest offshore wind energy deposit in Europe after the UK, and Europe is the largest market for offshore wind energy in the world.
The development of offshore wind power is forecasted to positively contribute to France’s goal to reach 40% of renewable electricity by 2030, as set by the French Energy Transition Law for Green Growth, adopted in 2015. With additional offshore wind farm projects scheduled for the coming year, France has set a goal to reach a total installed capacity of at least 5 GW in 2028.
With the addition of Calvados offshore wind farm as a reference site, GE’s Grid Solutions reaffirms its position as a leading provider of electrical equipment for the sector.