France: Areva has announced it has joined forces with Schneider Electric which will be the supplier of power equipment for Areva's offshore wind projects.
This will include the wind farm of 100 5 MW turbines in the bay of Saint Brieuc, and tenders for the offshore wind farms at Le Tréport and islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier in Pays de la Loire.
According to the agreement, Schneider Electric will supply transformers and circuit breakers for Areva's wind farms. The power transformers will be manufactured at two of Schneider Electric's French industrial sites, located near Metz and Grenoble.
The wind farms will contribute to France meeting its targets laid down in the EU's Climate and Energy Package and firmly establish a French sector of excellence for a promising technology.
Frédéric Abbal, Executive Vice President, Energy Business Schneider Electric's Energy Business said: "Schneider Electric is delighted to be designated as AREVA's preferred technology partner for their offshore wind projects. The combination of expertise offered by our two companies proves highly promising for the rapid establishment of a leading French sector of excellence in offshore wind."
"This agreement with Schneider Electric further underscores our commitment to developing a complete industrial sector in France, providing job creation opportunities and harnessing our local expertise.” stated Louis-François Durret, CEO of Areva Renewables.