CDC Infrastructure joins forces for the offshore wind energy in Normandy
Renewable energy - 29 March 2012
GDF Suez, Vinci, Areva and CDC Infrastructures presented on 26 March in Le Havre their energy, economy and social project within the framework of the call for tenders which plans the setting-up of 3 000 wind produced MW off the French coasts from 2015.
Areva, industrial partner to the consortium made up of GDF Suez, Vinci and CDC Infrastructure at the three sites in Normandy (Dieppe-Le Tréport, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-Mer), set out details of its industrial plan and presented the 50-hectare site in the port area selected to house the factories that will manufacture the offshore wind turbines of tomorrow.
With three zones selected in Normandy, the consortium and its industrial partner will be looking to create up to 6,000 jobs. During the twenty years of planned operations, over 600 skilled jobs could also be created at the ports of Fécamp, Dieppe, Le Tréport and Ouistreham. The consortium is committed to creating an industrial sector that will provide new jobs over the long term for Normandy. It has already made contact with 80 local firms out of the 300 initially identified, mainly in the relevant coastal areas of Normandy and Picardy.
For CDC Infrastructure, the project offers an exceptional opportunity both to invest in key infrastructure to expand the proportion of renewables in the energy mix, and to play a part in creating an offshore wind turbine manufacturing industry in Haute Normandie.