According to Schneider Electric the wind farms were developed “as part of the offshore wind call for tender program launched by the French government in 2011. These wind farms will not only contribute to France meeting its targets laid down in the EU’s Climate and Energy Package, but also firmly establish a French sector of excellence for a promising technology.”
Under the terms of the deal, Schneider Electric will supply transformers and circuit breakers for AREVA’s wind farms. The components will be manufactured at two of Schneider Electric’s French industrial sites located near Metz and Grenoble.
Frédéric Abbal, Schneider Electric’s executive vice president of the company’s energy business says, “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.”
AREVA Renewables chief executive officer Louis-François Durret adds: “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.”