The first stage of the application process to install 30 wind turbines off the south coast of France has been started by EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), the renewables arm of state utility EDF. It is seeking to erect the turbines off the coast of Gruissan and Port-la-Nouvelle in the Mediterranean, according to local press reports. EDF EN has apparently been studying the site since 2006 after oil giant Total conducted feasibility studies for an offshore wind farm in the region in the late 1990s before pulling out for technical and financial reasons. EDF EN's chosen site is said to be closer to shore. The firm says it is too early to talk about the project, the details of which are still evolving. EDF EN owns a 20.8% share in C-Power, which is building the 300 MW Thornton Bank in the Belgian North Sea.