Total opens wind farm in northern France

14th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

MARDYCK, France, Nov 14 (AFP) - Total chairman Thierry Desmarest inaugurated Friday the French oil major's first wind generation site in this northern town, kicking off a project designed to compare three kinds of technology. "We are not here for our image" but as an industrial concern, Desmarest stressed.

MARDYCK, France, Nov 14 (AFP) - Total chairman Thierry Desmarest inaugurated Friday the French oil major's first wind generation site in this northern town, kicking off a project designed to compare three kinds of technology.

"We are not here for our image" but as an industrial concern, Desmarest stressed.

The five wind turbines here represent 12 megawatts (MW) of generating power, enough to meet the annual needs of 15,000 people, Total said in a statement.

It is investing around EUR 15 million (USD 17.6 million) in the site and plans to sell the electricity to the French company EDF for distribution on the regional grid.


General Electric, Nordex and Vestas produced the turbines, which have propellers that are from 40 to 50 meters in length on masts that reach between 80 to 95 meters high.

The units combine "electrical power, a small land surface and low sound levels," according to Total.

The company intends to "experiment with very powerful wind turbines that anticipate future designs for both land and sea," the statement said.

Dosmarest said that in light of a probable decline of fossil fuels around 2020-2030, "we must develop new energy sources to take their place".

Total is bidding for a British off-shore project and plans also to vie for French tenders both on and off shore.


© AFP


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