Pays de la Loire, where France's offshore wind began, is home to 1/3 of all the country's marine renewable jobs.
A region at the forefront
Pays de la Loire enjoys a leadership position in France’s marine renewables sector. Behind this success are the workforce, the expertise, the political will and the concentration of industrial infrastructure.
Many businesses across the region already possess the skills and experience for the growth of offshore wind projects.
Three growth stages of a nascent sector
- By 2014, regional manufacturers developed, built and installed turbines and substations for the international market.
- In 2018, France’s first floating wind turbine was constructed at the port of Saint-Nazaire. For 4 years, the demonstrator has been generating electricity at the Centrale Nantes offshore test site.
- Since 2019, regional businesses have been working to build and install France’s first offshore wind farm, located off Saint-Nazaire. Its 80 turbines and the substation were made locally by General Electric and Atlantique Offshore Energy.