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Offshore wind-energy project: The consortium will use Siemens' D8 model for turbines at its two offshore wind farms. The turbines will be produced in Le Havre.

September 19, 2017
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has taken the decision to stop producing the 8-MW AD8 turbines designed by Adwen, which were supposed to be installed at the Yeu–Noirmoutier Islands and Dieppe–Le Tréport offshore wind farms. The company is now offering its 8-MW D8 turbine for the project.
  • The French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition has approved the change in turbine.
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will uphold Adwen's industrial commitments in France.

Adwen—now wholly owned by the new entity Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy—notified Eoliennes en Mer, a company set up by ENGIE (47%), EDP Renewables (43%) and Caisse des Dépôts (10%), of its decision to stop producing the AD8-180 turbine. This model was initially meant to be used in the Yeu–Noirmoutier Islands and Dieppe–Le Tréport offshore wind-farm projects, which the consortium won in 2014. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy then decided to focus its production on the D8 model.

The companies Eoliennes en Mer Dieppe - Le Tréport and Eoliennes en Mer Yeu and Noirmoutier Islands submitted this change to the Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition for approval. The Ministry approved Siemens' D8 technology for the project, after consulting with the French Energy Regulator (CRE).

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will also uphold the industrial commitments of its subsidiary Adwen. On 21 March 2017, Adwen submitted permit applications for blade and nacelle production plants, which will be set up in Le Havre and will create 750 direct jobs. In addition, the decision of the consortium and its turbine supplier to use local manufacturers will help mobilise 750 additional jobs.

Since the approval of the project, the companies Eoliennes en Mer Dieppe - Le Tréport and Eoliennes en Mer Yeu and Noirmoutier Islands have been working to develop two offshore wind farms. Each farm has a total output of 496 MW and the commissioning is expected in 2021. The companies Eoliennes en Mer Dieppe - Le Tréport and Eoliennes en Mer Yeu and Noirmoutier Islands submitted its applications for authorisation to the government in May 2017, in accordance with the timetable outlined in the specifications of the call for bids. ENGIE, EDP Renewables and Caisse des Dépôts are committed to the success of this local project, and they all share the same goal: to support the emergence of offshore wind power production in France.

ENGIE is committed to taking on the major challenges of the energy revolution, towards a world more decarbonised, decentralised and
digitalised.
The Group aims to become the leader of this new energy world by focusing on three key activities for the future: low carbon generation in particular from natural gas and renewable energy, energy infrastructure and efficient solutions adapted to all its customers (individuals, businesses, territories, etc.). Innovation, digital solutions and customer satisfaction are the guiding principles of ENGIE’s development.
ENGIE is active in around 70 countries, employs 150,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is
listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx
50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World
120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).

EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 12 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK and the US). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP has been a Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years.
EDPR is a major player of renewable energies in France with 388 MW installed capacity. EDPR is also a shareholder of the fix offshore projects of Noirmoutier/Yeu and Dieppe/Le Treport. EDPR is committed to support the Energy Transition effort by means of its expertise, financial and Human resources. 
Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP is Portugal’s largest industrial group and the only Portuguese company to form part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (World and STOXX). For further information, please visit www.edpr.com

Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiaries are a state-owned group, a long-term investor dedicated to serving the public interest and regional economic development. Its vocation was reaffirmed by the law on modernisation of the economy of 4 august 2008. Widely recognised for its expertise in managing its areas of competence, the group focuses its efforts on four major areas of transition strategically vital to France's long-term development: territorial, ecology and energy, digital, demographic and social. www.caissedesdepots.fr

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