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Construction begins on 448MW Calvados wind farm off the French coast

February 23, 2021

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):

A consortium including EDF Renewables Inc., Enbridge Inc. unit EIH Sàrl and wpd AG has started construction work for the 448-MW Calvados offshore wind project in France.

Located more than 10 kilometers from the Bessin coastline, the project will be capable of generating enough power for 630,000 people yearly, according to a Feb. 22 company news release.

The French government granted a 20-year power purchase agreement for the offshore wind farm in June 2018. The consortium also secured project financing from its partners. Estimated to cost approximately €2 billion, the Calvados wind project is expected to be commissioned in 2024.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA will supply 64 wind turbines for the project. The turbines will be manufactured in Le Havre at the company’s Quai Joannes Couvert plant, which is under construction and scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2022. Offshore construction activity is also expected to begin in 2022.

EDF Renewables and EIH own 42.5% of the project each, while wpd owns the remaining 15%

[Selene Balasta]

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