June 4, 2023


Moving Forward

Ocean Winds reaches final investment decision for offshore wind farm

Ocean Winds, Sumitomo Company, Banque des Territoires, and Vendée Energies, as shareholders of the company ‘Eoliennes en Mer des îles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier’ (EMYN), have declared the closing investment decision determination for the Îles d’Yeu and Noirmoutier challenge, the fifth offshore wind farm to be commissioned in France from 2025 and positioned off the coastline of Vendée, France.

The venture will involve the development and installation of a wind farm found 11 km off the island of Yeu and 16 km off the island of Noirmoutier. This offshore wind farm will source approximately 800 000 people today with electrical energy every yr, the equal of the inhabitants of Vendée. The Yeu and Noirmoutier wind farm represents an financial investment of roughly €2.5 billion. The signing of all the financing agreements took spot on 5 April 2023.

9 yrs of advancement

Winner in 2014 of the phone for tenders introduced by the French State in 2013, EMYN has designed the challenge considering the fact that then, implying a constant dialogue with nearby elected officers, fisheries and sea end users, socio-financial gamers, and the basic general public. In-depth engineering studies, environmental scientific studies, and the creation of a Scientific Desire Team to stick to-up and accompany the environmental impacts of the wind farm, from its design to its exploitation, have also been carried out. The administrative authorisations were being acquired in 2018 and the appeals were lifted right before the French courts at the beginning of the calendar year.

Start out of the building section

The last investment decision selection opens the way for the building period of the undertaking: the 1st offshore operations will take area this Summertime before the productive start off of the set up functions in 2024.

From Spring 2024, maritime operate will commence by the installation of the monopile foundations, the electrical substation constructed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, and the set up of the initial submarine cables by Louis Dreyfus TravOcean. The businesses DEME and Jan de Nul will be liable for the transportation and installation of the foundations and wind turbines. At the very same time, RTE, which is accountable for the relationship of the wind farm, will established up a double submarine connection to transfer the electrical power produced at sea to the onshore grid.

The wind turbines, developed by Siemens Gamesa in its Le Havre facility, will be put in in 2025.

The wind farm is anticipated to be commissioned in 2H25.

The building stage of the EMYN wind farm, which will very last 2.5 several years, will produce 1600 immediate work in France. It will add to the advancement of the French offshore wind power market.

The financing framework

The job consists of robust worldwide public and non-public funding, led by the Japan Financial institution for Worldwide Co-operation (JBIC) and a syndicate of 16 banking companies: 6 French financial institutions, 4 Japanese banks, two British banks, two Spanish banks, a single German bank, and one particular Dutch bank. The financing is presented by shareholders backed funding and non-recourse financial debt. It was lifted with the aid of Société Générale, who acted as the monetary advisor to the venture.

“I am delighted to see the EMYN wind farm come to truth thanks to the assistance of all its partners and the team, whose fantastic involvement I would like to thank. A new site is getting created with the commence of the building stage, a phase throughout which we will go on to enthusiastically mobilise our know-how and our experts in get to satisfy the challenges of this collective venture,” reported Paolo Cairo, President of the ‘Eoliennes en Mer des îles d’Yey et de Noirmoutier’ business.

A undertaking supported by Vendée Energie

Vendée Energie, a semi-public business for the generation and distribution of renewable electrical power, developed by the elected reps of the Vendée through the SYDEV and the ‘Conseil Départemental de la Vendée’, obtained a funds participation in the EMYN wind farm in Oct 2022. This is the 1st time in France that such a enterprise has acquired a stake in an offshore wind farm, therefore illustrating the Vendée’s concrete determination to the strength changeover.

“This partnership was born of a deep-seated conviction: the crucial vitality changeover should be embodied in neighborhood assignments developed in close collaboration with the stakeholders involved and must consequence in regional economic rewards. This is the sine qua non affliction for their acceptability and achievements,” defined Alain Leboeuf, President of the Vendée Departmental Council and President of Vendée Energie.

“This essential milestone for the EMYN wind farm is component of Ocean Winds’ improvement dynamic internationally but primarily in France, as 1 of its important markets. In the region, the next couple months will be highlighted by the ultimate financial investment determination for the Dieppe Le Tréport offshore wind farm and the ongoing building of the EFGL floating offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Lion. Our teams will hence be functioning on the building of a few offshore wind farms in France this calendar year, on our way of producing much more than 1 GW of cleanse vitality to French homes. Ocean Winds, as the joint enterprise between ENGIE and EDPR dedicated to offshore wind electrical power, is also continuing to strengthen its exercise in France by making use of for a variety of tenders,” reported Grzegorz Gorski, Main Running Officer of Ocean Winds and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EMYN.

“The signing of the funding agreements which allows the start off of development for this massive scale task is a important milestone for offshore wind progress in France. We have supported this challenge anchored into the Vendéean territory from its early days as component of our strategy to endorse renewable electrical power and act for strength sovereignty. The EMYN wind farm signifies a local solution that will lead to the nationwide power supply,” stated Emmanuel Legrand, Director of the Vitality and Ecological Changeover of the Banque des Territoires.

“Sumitomo Company is pleased to announce the start off of design of the EMYN wind farm, which is the 7th European offshore wind challenge for us as a Japanese corporation. We are also involved in offshore wind vitality assignments in Belgium and Uk to support, with its abilities, the EU, which has solid ambitions in conditions of renewable vitality. In France, Sumitomo Corporation is aiming to additional lead to attaining the French renewable electrical power targets by participating in other offshore wind assignments which includes floating offshore wind initiatives,” concluded Koichi Taniguchi, Company Officer and Typical Manager of World wide Electricity Infrastructure Business Division.



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