Alstom and GDG Suez will work together to develop Alderney Race tidal energy project

October 1st, 2013 by Alstom

GDF Suez and Alstom sign agreement in the company of French President Francois Hollande (click image to expand - image courtesy of and ©Alstom)

GDF Suez and Alstom sign agreement in Cherbourg in the company of the French President François Hollande (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Alstom)

Jérôme Pécresse, Alstom‘s Renewable Power President, and Gérard Mestrallet, CEO of GDF Suez, signed a partnership agreement on 30 September 2013 in Cherbourg, Normandy in the presence of French President François Hollande to study the integration of Alstom’s tidal turbine with the pilot project developed by GDF Suez in Le raz Blanchard (the Alderney Race).

Alstom and GDF Suez will work together to establish the various technical parameters to harness tidal currents at the pilot site in the Alderney Race.

The agreement calls for the two companies to pool their expertise to help create a marine tidal energy industry in France.

They plan to commission the first tidal turbines in 2016.

The partners will also propose an operation and maintenance strategy for the pilot farm, as well as a roadmap to maximise the positive socio-economic benefits of this new industry throughout Normandy and the rest of France.

This is an important step to support the development of larger commercial tidal energy farms.

Alstom is successfully testing its 1 MW tidal turbine in EMEC waters off Scotland’s Orkney Islands.

Alstom's 1 MW tidal turbine being deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland (click image to expand - image courtesy of, and ©Alstom)

Alstom’s 1 MW tidal turbine being deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland (click image to expand – image courtesy of, and ©Alstom)

The Alstom turbine has reached the full nominal power of 1 MW and generated over 10 MWh of electricity for the grid.

Trials performed in pilot farms will test the performance of the turbine under real operating conditions.

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Laurent Beauvais, Chairman of the Basse-Normandie region signs the agreement with Jérôme Pécresse, Alstom’s Renewable Power President (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Alstom)

Alstom also signed an agreement with Ports Normands Associés (PNA), which could allow the company to perform the final assembly of the turbines, the erection of the foundations, and all maintenance operations at the port of Cherbourg, if it is awarded the raz Blanchard pilot farms.

The port of Cherbourg offers a development plan covering 40 hectares for infrastructure devoted to tidal power, as well as the proximity of the raz Blanchard site and Britain, which represents a substantial potential market.

“Signing this agreement will bolster the port of Cherbourg’s development strategy in marine energy,” said Laurent Beauvais, Chairman of the Lower Normandy Region, and of the Council of the Mixed Ports Association of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg (PNA).

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Laurent Beauvais, Chairman of the Lower Normandy Region, shakes hands with Jérôme Pécresse on the right, Alstom’s Renewable Power President after the signing ceremony (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Alstom)

“We are pleased to team up with GDF Suez for the development of the raz Blanchard tidal power pilot farm.”

“We will provide a reliable, environmentally-friendly and efficient technology which will help to deliver power at an optimal cost,” he said.

Jérôme Pécresse, Alstom’s Renewable Power President, said “by signing an agreement with PNA to reserve space at the port of Cherbourg we could be in a position to develop synergies with our two future offshore wind farms.”

 

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