The operator of the RTE Ouest electricity transmission network (1,100 employees) is investing €1.2 billion over 5 years in Bretagne and the “Pays de la Loire” region.
Its 3 offshore wind farm connection projects will be the beneficiaries, namely Saint-Nazaire and Île d’Yeu (Pays de la Loire for €250 million and €300 million respectively) and Saint-Brieuc (Bretagne) for €200 million.
€35 M is also dedicated to a prototype installation (30 km of cable) on the floating wind farm planned between Groix and Belle-île to test a dynamic cable installation that will move with the wind turbines as the tides carry them.
€610 million is dedicated to maintenance, modernisation of the network and securing the power supply of the two regions, but this budget is set to be increased since actions have already been taken on the network to respond to the rise in population and significant migratory flows.
Finally, €30 million is also allocated to the installation of sensors that measure the line voltage in real time and locate the potential problems of 4 positions: 2 in Vendée and 2 in Morbihan.
As part of the Smile project, they will be tested until 2020 before their operation is expanded to the entire territory.
Source : Lettre API – 31/10/2017
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