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Siemens Gamesa to replace Adwen's AD8 turbines with D8 for two French offshore projects

CTBR Staff Writer Published 20 September 2017

Siemens Gamesa has notified Les Eolienness en mer de Dieppe-Le Tréport (EDMT) that it will supply its D8 platform-based 8MW offshore turbines instead of the initially promised Adwen's AD8 model.

The D8 8-MW turbine is Siemens Gamesa's offshore direct drive platform based technology. The company claims that more than 200 direct drive wind turbines in the 6-8MW class have already been installed and commissioned across several offshore wind farms.

On the other hand, the AD8 platform, developed by Adwen was initially meant to be used in the Yeu–Noirmoutier Islands and Dieppe–Le Tréport offshore wind-farm projects. These two wind farms are expected to cumulatively produce about 1GW of clean energy.

A consortium consisting of Engie, EDP Renewables and Caisse des Dépôts will develop the two offshore wind farms located in the English Channel in France. The consortium had won the bidding for the two wind farms in 2014.

Adwen is a subsidiary of Siemens Gamesa and switching to the D8 platform has been approved by the French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, after it was reviewed by the Energy Regulation Commission (CRE), stated the wind turbine-maker.

As per Siemens Gamesa, the switch from AD8 to D8 will not have an impact on Adwen’s plans to build two factories in Le Havre, one for nacelles and one for blades. The investment is expected to create a minimum of 750 new jobs.

Siemens Gamesa Offshore CEO Michael Hannibal said: “This decision is a crucial milestone for the French offshore wind industry. Siemens Gamesa will deliver the most popular offshore wind platform and will bring its unmatched experience working in offshore projects.

“I am convinced this will help the industry take-off and I am happy to see that all parties involved, including our customers and the French State, acknowledge the benefits of installing the D8 in these projects.”