June 20th 2012
French utility and energy company GDF Suez SA, has announced it has started studies to develop two tidal power plants to harness France’s strongest tidal currents.
GDF Suez said today that it aims to initially test up to 12MW at Raz Blanchard, Normandy. Subject to approvals, they plan to install a pilot plant of three to six turbines from 2015. The long term aim is to have 100 turbines at the site, all or some of which may be supplied by Voith Hydro. They also plan a second site by 2016, at the Passage du Fromveur site, located off the North West coast near Brittany; this has France’s second strongest tidal current.