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Innosea ramps up floating solar, offshore wind services in the Mediterranean

Marine renewables engineering consultancy Innosea has expanded its footprint with a new office in Marseille that will support the company’s existing portfolio of offshore wind and floating solar projects in the south-east region of France.

The new office will also support the French Mediterranean’s growing portfolio in marine renewable projects and other carbon-reducing and energy transition initiatives in both energy and maritime sectors, according to Innosea.

Innosea, which is part of Oslo-listed AqualisBraemar LOC Group, provides a range of specialised engineering, design, analysis and R&D services to support the development of offshore and floating wind, floating solar photovoltaics, wave energy, tidal energy, and hydrogen power projects.

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The new office will be run by Benoit Briere, senior project manager at Innosea, the company informed.

The Marseille operation adds to Innosea’s existing office footprint in Nantes, France, and in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

Hakim Mouslim, managing director at Innosea, said: “We are excited to grow the Innosea footprint to France’s second largest city, and not to mention one of the country’s major maritime hubs – Marseille. This move represents Innosea’s commitment to growing where we are needed in the marine renewable space.

“The nearby Alps will be home to France’s largest floating solar PV plant, and there is a planned 1.5GW of floating wind power to be developed in the Mediterranean offshore France, Italy and Spain”.

The new addition reinforces AqualisBraemar LOC’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea, following group company Longitude Engineering’s new office opening in Genoa at the start of 2021.

Marseille brings the group’s total office presence along the Mediterranean to seven offices.

“This office will also represent a base for the wider group – including OWC, AqualisBraemar LOC, Longitude and East Point Geo – to offer their energy and marine consulting services to support the wide array of renewables and maritime energy projects in the French Mediterranean region”, Benoit Briere concluded.