AREVA and STX team up to enhance turbine foundations

AREVA and STX France have signed a co-operation agreement with a view to optimising foundations for offshore wind turbines.

According to a statement, AREVA will bring its expertise in the design and production of wind turbines and STX France will offer its know-how in specialised offshore foundations.

The aim is to strengthen the competitiveness of offshore wind power in a European market that should see its installed base reach around 40,000MW by 2020.

Under the terms of the agreement and in line with the wishes of power utilities, AREVA and STX France will look to make joint wind turbine/foundation offers on major European projects. STX France will, in addition to designing the foundations, be responsible for complete or partial manufacture of the structures.