Two French wind power developers, Vent d'Ouest and Ventis, have joined the growing number of companies jostling for space in the French waters of the English Channel. The two companies are jointly developing a 260 MW project, to cost EUR 600-700 million, around two kilometres off the port of Le Havre. While Vent d'Ouest's Guillaume Simon says the location is not in a fishing zone, the proposal includes building artificial reefs. Once the companies have received initial approval from the regional authorities, they will start an environmental impact study. If all goes well, the wind project could be completed in 2012. Ventis already has 66 MW of onshore wind capacity operating in France and 14 MW in Belgium, 75 MW fully authorised, and a development pipeline of around 400 MW.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol