The ultimate aim is to develop a floating offshore windfarm of up to 1.5 GW, with a pre-commercial phase of up to 100 MW commissioned by 2021.
Ideol is a developer of offshore wind floating foundation solutions and already has two full-scale demonstration projects under construction in France and in Japan.
For Atlantis – which has tidal energy projects in the UK – the move into windpower follows its decision earlier this year to establish Atlantis Energy, a new internal division set up to expand into non-tidal stream project development. The new arm has, says Atlantis, “generated much interest from potential investors, developers and industrial partners, particularly in the floating offshore wind sector”.
Under a MoU signed between the two firms, Atlantis will lead the review, selection and consenting of UK sites and in attracting third party funding, while Ideol will design the technical concepts and be the exclusive provider for the floating foundation systems.
Atlantis said that “abundant offshore wind resources, governmental incentives and support frameworks – combined with extensive oil and gas, maritime and fixed offshore wind experience – will position the UK as one of the market leaders for floating wind projects”.
“Atlantis and Ideol intend to deliver the pathfinder project that will catalyse a boom in future floating offshore wind development in the UK.”
Atlantis chief executive Tim Cornelius said the MoU was “a significant step in our diversification strategy and leverages our existing skill set accumulated during the progression of our tidal portfolio”.
“To now be seeking to develop a large floating offshore wind project alongside the UK’s largest tidal stream project is truly exciting. We want to leverage Ideol’s expertise in designing, engineering, building and installing floating offshore wind substructures to bring UK consumers affordable, sustainable and secure power.”
Paul de la Guérivière, Ideol’s chief executive, said: “Our strategic goal is now focusing on the development of large commercial scale windfarm projects with several opportunities currently under review in and outside of Europe. We are very excited by our partnership with an ambitious organisation such as Atlantis which has demonstrated its unique ability to develop innovative projects and to catalyse financing from strategic investors, in particular in a key market for Ideol such as the UK.”