PARIS, France — Construction has started of the 30-MW Eolmed floating wind project offshore western France.
TotalEnergies has a 20% stake in the Qair-operated development, over 18 km (11.2 mi) from the coast of Gruissan and Port la Nouvelle.
Three 10-MW wind turbines will be mounted on steel floats and connected to the French Electricity Transmission Network (RTE) via an underwater cable, with first power expected by 2024. Another partner, BW Ideol, is responsible for the floating foundation technology.
A joint venture between Matière and Ponticelli is fabricating the floats in Bagnac-sur-Célé (Lot) and Port-la-Nouvelle (Aude), benefiting from the port's new infrastructure, TotalEnergies said.
Aside from Eolmed, the company is participating in a tender in Brittany to develop a floating wind farm with Green Investment Group and Qair.
Elsewhere, in South Korea, TotalEnergies is developing over 2 GW of floating offshore wind with Green Investment Group.
In the UK, it is working on the 96-MW Erebus project in the Celtic Sea with partner Simply Blue Energy. And in the US, it has launched the TotalEnergies SBE US joint venture with Simply Blue Group to promote floating wind.