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France to see 250MW for onshore wind farms

Framework contract will see turbines boost French wind power through to 2015

The contract will boost wind power in France by 250MW over the next three years
The contract will boost wind power in France by 250MW over the next three years

EU wind companies have signed a deal to boost France’s onshore wind power by 250MW in the next three years. German firm REpower Systems has signed a framework contract with Maïa Eolis, French subsidiary firm of the Maïa Group for the supply of up to 250MW for onshore wind farms in France.

The turbines of the REpower MM and 3.XM series are to be delivered between 2012 and 2015. The agreement strengthens the strategic alliance initiated by the first contract signed in 2004.

The contract comprises turbines of REpower’s best-selling turbines, the MM82 and MM92, with a nominal power of 2MW. The company’s 3.4M104 and the REpower 3.2M114 with 3.4 and 3.2MW rated power respectively are part of the agreement. The 3MW series is the company’s latest onshore development for sites with low to middle wind speeds.

CEO Andreas Nauen, said: “We are delighted that Maïa Eolis has confirmed REpower as strategic provider for wind turbines in the coming years. This agreement is the breakthrough of the REpower 3.XM series in France, after the successful ramp-up in other European markets so far. Moreover, our 3.XM series ideally suits the conditions on the French wind market.”

Olivier Perot, managing director of REpower’s French subsidiary REpower S.A.S., added: “Maïa Eolis has renewed its trust in REpower’s solutions, expertise and professional service with this framework contract. This renewed alliance will allow Maïa Eolis and REpower to further expand their technology partnership.”

Wind farm development across the EU will be a major focus at BigSwitch Offshore Wind, a global wind event, which Renewable Energy Technology (RET) is a proud sponsor. The event, which is taking place in Glasgow on 26th and 27th June, aims to advance technological developments across the global offshore wind industry. For more information on the event, please email RET Editor Heath Reidy at heath.reidy@bric.com.