The agreement was signed within the framework of the second call for tenders to manufacture offshore wind turbines and will be applicable in the event that the consortium led by EDF is awarded at least one of the two wind farms projects. One additional project obtained would allow Alstom to develop and sustain its French industrial base.

“Alstom and its partners stand ready to make investments that will create up to 8,000 jobs if we are awarded the projects needed to support such investments”, declared Jérôme Pécresse, president of Alstom Renewable Power.

Alongside the agreement, Alstom continues discussions already under way in recent months with 300 French suppliers located in the Lower Normandy region and all across the country, such as ADF, LEROUX&LOTZ Technologies, NICOLAS and Cherbourg Manutention. The task of identifying and qualifying subcontractors for the production of the offshore wind turbines intensifies through stepped-up discussions with local partners such as Neopolia, Vendée Expansion and SPL ONEM in Lower Normandy and the various chambers of commerce.

Several major French suppliers have already been identified by the consortium which, in the framework of the second French call for tender, has already selected STX associated with Alstom Grid for the construction of substations, and signed with La Rochelle harbour an agreement to build foundations for the two islands project