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From Saint-Nazaire to Saint-Brieuc, where are the offshore wind farms? – Offshore wind: where are the Breton projects?


  • 1,80 wind turbines in Saint-Nazaire

  • Saint-Nazaire, awarded in 2012 to EDF and the Canadian Enbridge, is the very first to emerge: 80 wind turbines, spread between 12 and 20 km off Pouliguen and Croisic, over 78 km2. An installed power of 480 megawatts (MW) capable of producing the equivalent of the domestic consumption of 20% of the population of Loire-Atlantique (286,000 inhabitants).

    A two billion euro project, this site saw its first foundations come out of the water in 2021, the first wind turbine was connected in the spring of 2022, the last in September. It is expected to enter full production by the end of 2022.

    In total, seven parks (3.6 gigawatts for all) have to date been awarded to operators.

  • 2 Saint-Brieuc will produce electricity in April 2023

  • The Saint-Brieuc site, subject to friction with the fishermen, is under construction. The 31st jacket has just been installed at the end of September. In the end, the park will have 62 wind turbines. If its commissioning remains scheduled for the end of 2023, the first wind turbines will begin to produce electricity in the spring. Once launched, the park will produce the equivalent of the electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants.

    Teams from a ship set up near the wind farm’s electrical substation are finalizing its installation, while a second ship chartered by RTE is positioning the submarine cables.
  • 3 A pilot farm between Groix and Belle-Ile

  • In May 2021, the State gave the green light for the installation of a floating wind farm, with a capacity of 250 MW, off Groix and Belle-Ile. Or about sixty wind turbines. This 250 MW park would contribute to covering the equivalent of domestic consumption for 150,000 inhabitants. The pilot farm should see the light of day in 2028. A second project, with a maximum power of 500 MW, should be launched later and linked to the first, if the results are conclusive.

  • 4 Could other projects be launched off the coast of Brittany?

  • If France wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 to fight against global warming, all projections highlight an essential role for offshore wind power. Emmanuel Macron supports the establishment of 50 wind farms (40 GW) in total here 2050. Where? The government is not moving forward on the subject and no new project has been announced along the Brittany coast.



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