A consortium led by Iberdrola and EOLE-RES has secured a contract from the French government to develop the Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d’Armor) wind farm in France.

Iberdrola and RES have selected AREVA M5000 wind turbine for the proposed offshore wind farm.

AREVA will construct 100 turbines of 5MW each for the wind farm, which is scheduled to enter into operation between 2017 and 2019.

The wind facility will produce enough electricity to power a town of around 650,000 inhabitants.

In the North Sea, AREVA commenced the Alpha Ventus pilot wind farm in 2009.

AREVA will create two plants at Le Havre, one to manufacture turbines and the other for blades.

Furthermore, AREVA’s partners have signed agreements with other French industrial players, including STX in Saint-Nazaire, to build the wind turbine foundations.