Trio form French floating wind partnership

July 20, 2021
Equinor, RES, and Green Giraffe have formed Océole, a partnership to develop floating offshore wind in France.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway Equinor, RES, and Green Giraffe have formed Océole, a partnership dedicated to developing floating offshore wind in France.

Océole will evaluate and work toward submitting bids in the upcoming floating offshore wind tenders held by the French government.

France targets up to 6.8 GW of offshore wind by 2028 and aims to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Equinor operates the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland (30 MW), is constructing the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm under development, Hywind Tampen (88 MW).

RES has experience in offshore wind project development, operation, and maintenance as well as support and engineering services. In France, the company won the tender for the offshore wind project off the Bay of Saint-Brieuc in 2011. The company will build on the experience from developing France’s first offshore wind project, Saint-Brieuc, which is fully consented and under construction.

Green Giraffe is a specialist financial advisory firm focused on the renewable energy sector.

Jens Økland, Equinor’s senior vice president for business development in Renewables, said: “As Océole, we have the industrial competence, technical, and financial skills to develop projects where we can create value and capture the benefits of scale for this exciting technology.”