French energy giant TotalEnergies and its partners in the Eolmed floating wind farm have started construction work on the project on France’s Mediterranean coast after reaching a final investment decision last week.

TotalEnergies has a 20% stake in the project, which is operated by power producer Qair and and is one of several floating wind projects in development along the French Mediterranean coast.

At 30 megawatts — three 10 MW turbines — Eolmed may be small in comparison to fixed-bottom offshore wind projects, but would be a sizable floating operation.

The turbines will be mounted on steel floats and connected to the French Electricity Transmission Network by a subsea cable.

“We are proud to contribute through Eolmed to France’s development in floating offshore wind, a very promising segment in which TotalEnergies notably brings its extensive experience in offshore projects,” said TotalEnergies vice president of offshore wind Olivier Terneaud.

“Together with our partners, we will mobilise our know-how and our best resources to meet the technological and industrial challenges of this project, which meets the dual objective of developing local content while providing renewable energy.”

Eolmed will be located more than 18 kilometres off the coast of Gruissan and Port la Nouvelle, with production expected to start by 2024.

The French Mediterranean is growing a floating wind ecosystem, with several other projects in the pipeline.

The 30-MW Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion floating wind project, a joint venture between CDC Investment Works and Ocean Winds, is set to be completed by 2023. It will also use the region’s infrastructure, as it is located off the coast of Leucate and Le Barcares.

The 24-MW Provence Grand Large floating wind project will be set up down the coast, offshore of Port Saint Louis du Rhone.

TotalEnergies is also participating in a tender in Brittany for a floating wind farm with Green Investment Group and Qair and was recently among the winners in the New York Bight offshore wind lease auction with its joint venture Attentive.

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