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Applications filed for Ademe-backed French floating project

FRANCE: Two companies, developing a floating wind project backed by the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) have filed permit applications to build, operate and connect their pilot site to the grid.

Tension-leg platform passes wind and wave tests

FRANCE: A 1:50 scale model of a floating tension-leg platform has passed wind and wave trials in a test tank in France.

Turning point for Ideol and floating wind

FRANCE: The inauguration today of Floatgen -- a Vestas 2MW turbine on Ideol's ring-shaped concrete platform -- in the port of St-Nazaire marks a "turning point" for floating wind as the sector prepares to enter commercial deployment, according to Ideol CEO Paul de la Guérivière.

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Dietswell wins €2.4 million grant for floating platform

FRANCE: Energy engineering company Dietswell has been awarded a €2.4 million grant from the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) to further develop a semi-submersible floating platform.

SGRE drops Adwen 8MW turbine

FRANCE: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is discontinuing manufacturing of the offshore Adwen AD8 turbine to focus on just one 8MW model.

Ideol launches first floating foundation

FRANCE: Ideol has launched the floating foundation of its demonstration project from Saint-Nazaire harbour.

Developers looking to sell French sites

FRANCE: Engie and EDPR are reportedly seeking to reduce their holdings in the Dieppe Le-Treport and Les Iles d'Yeu et Noirmoutier projects, each 496MW.

Proposed French offshore zone shelved

FRANCE: New environment minister Nicolas Hulot has suspended consultations taking place over the proposed Bassure de Baas offshore zone, for up to 40 turbines, off Boulogne.

Attacks on offshore continue

FRANCE: France's fledgling offshore industry is facing yet more delays as opponents continue to challenge projects. So far, six projects are in the permitting process and a further three are planned in French waters.

EDF EN acquires services firm OWS

GERMANY: French developer-utility EDF Energies Nouvelle (EDF EN) has acquired German offshore wind operations and maintenance firm OWS for an undisclosed fee.