France - GE Renewable Energy announced on 16 April 2019 that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Eolien Maritime France (EMF) confirming its commitment to provide and service Haliade 150-6MW turbines to the first French EMF offshore wind farm yet to be cleared of any legal recourse.
The MoU brings to an end GE's exclusive supplier status on two other projects being carried out by EMF.
Neither GE nor EMF has made known to the public the terms of the MoU.
Meanwhile, EMF has developed three offshore wind farm projects off Courseulles-sur-Mer, Saint-Nazaire and Fécamp. These projects have seen excessive delays since 2012 as they are still awaiting last court decisions following appeals against the administrative authorisations required for their implementation.
The delays have significantly impacted the financial standing of these projects for GE Renewable Energy leading to GE deciding to review its engagement in the implementation of all the projects.
Since the award of the three offshore wind farm projects to EMF in 2012, GE Renewable Energy has committed the necessary resources and investments to design and manufacture the turbines, with the installation of a dedicated engineering office in Nantes and the construction of its manufacturing plant in Saint-Nazaire, which has enabled GE to produce already more than 80 turbines for other offshore wind farms in Europe, Asia and North America.
Significant technological and market changes in recent years that have led to GE choosing to continue its contribution to the development of the offshore wind energy sector in France through an ambitious evolution towards a new generation of Haliade-X 12MW turbines. Resources from Saint-Nazaire, Nantes and Cherbourg will be mobilised in order to ensure the development and commercialisation, then the delivery, of this new turbine.
GE Renewable Energy remains committed to executing, when the time comes, the remaining EMF project.