Areva has chosen Schneider Electric as its preferred supplier of power equipment for its offshore wind projects.
By Ritesh Gupta
Schneider Electric will supply transformers and circuit breakers to more than one of Areva’s wind farms, it has been reported. T
The components will be manufactured at two of Schneider Electric's French industrial sites, located near Metz and Grenoble.
The tie-up was arranged for the 100 5MW turbine offshore project located in the bay of Saint Brieuc off the coast of Brittany. The deal is also linked to current tenders for the Areva offshore wind farms at Le Tréport off the coast of Haute-Normandie and the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier in Pays de la Loire (France).
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