Total awarded wind contract

Total has recently been selected by the French Ministry of Industry to build a wind farm comprised of 30 wind turbines in Aveyron, France.


Total has recently been selected by the French Ministry of Industry to build a wind farm in France, following a tender issued in April 2004.



The project will be developed by Eoliennes de Mounès, an equal joint venture between Total and partner Harpen, a subsidiary of Germany’s RWE.



Located in the Aveyron region, the 90 MW Belmontais project will comprise 30 wind turbines. According to Total, it will make a significant contribution to the development of wind power in France, supplying the electricity equivalent of the average consumption (except heating) of nearly 140,000 people.



In addition, some 100,000 metric tons a year of CO2 will not be discharged into the atmosphere. This investment of around €100 million is expected to generate nearly 160 jobs during the construction period and around 20 when the project comes into operation.


Under the terms and conditions of the tender, project implementation is subject to the granting of a building permit. A series of information meetings and stakeholder dialogues will take place during this process and the project will be submitted to a public inquiry. The wind farm could be on stream in 2008.