EDF EN Interview

Jun 13, 2018 by Sabrina Peseux in  News ICOE 2018

EDF Energies Nouvelles is proud to be the main sponsor of the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE). As a recognised player in renewable energy, for some years now, EDF Energies Nouvelles has been building expertise in marine energy through projects under development or already in operation, thus contributing to the emergence of a European industry. In France we are developing, since 2012, the Fécamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Saint-Nazaire offshore wind projects which represent 1,428 MW. We are also operating two projects in the UK and one in Belgium totalling more than 400 MW.

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Bruno Bensasson, Group Senior Executive Vice President, Renewable Energies, EDF
Chief Executive Officer, EDF Energies Nouvelles

 

What are EDF EN’s development targets for marine renewable energy?

Bruno Bensasson: EDF Group has reaffirmed that it wants to double its installed renewable energy capacity by 2030, taking it from 28 GW to 50 GW. Marine energy, in which we are now a leading actor, will represent a significant part of the total. To achieve that, we will be using fixed-foundation wind turbines, which is a technology that allows large-scale projects to be built, but also more recent technologies such as floating turbines, which offer new prospects.

 

What are the most recent trends?

BB: We have to adjust to a market that’s still young and is changing rapidly. To do so, we decided to strengthen our positions, especially in O&M, and in 2017 we acquired OWS, a Germany company specialising in offshore maintenance. We’re also taking a very close look at innovative technologies, with outstanding projects such as the Blyth demonstrator wind farm in the UK. We combine the industrial expertise of a global electricity heavyweight with great agility in innovation and project development.

 

And outside France?

BB: We recently announced the acquisition of Neart na Gaoithe, a 450 MW offshore wind project located in the Forth Estuary in north-eastern Scotland. Construction is expected to start in 2019. The project reinforces our foothold in the UK, which is a strategic country for us in offshore. But beyond Europe, which really is the birthplace of offshore wind, we’re looking at new markets like the USA or China.