The European Commission has ruled that government support for an experimental tidal power plant off the French coast does not constitute a breach of state aid rules.

France will support the construction of four turbines at the NEPTHYD (Normandie Energie PiloTe HYDrolien) pilot farm, located at Raz Blanchard, west of the Cotentin peninsular, Normandy.
Normandy marine power projectThe tidal power facility which will each produce 1.4 MW of electricity, will be supported through a direct grant and repayable advances, the Commission said, without stating the amount of money pledged.

A subsidiary of Engie will build and operate the plant for 20 years.

The Commission said the project supported market entry of a novel renewable energy technology, including turbines with several innovative features, with aid limited to the cost of producing electricity from the plant.

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