Debate closes for 1 GW Normandy project

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The public debate for the planned 1 GW offshore wind farm off the coast of Normandy has drawn to a close, following delays due to COVID-19.

The consultation is part of the new procedure (Société de confiance) for public participation prior to deciding the location of the wind farm and the competitive bidding procedure. This aims at reducing the level of opposition experienced by the first generation of French wind farms.

The goal is to identify a final 300 km2 wind farm area from a macro-zone of 10,500 km2, in which to build the 1 GW wind farm, which will likely feature 65-80 turbines, each with a rated power of 12-15 MW.

The consultation was launched in November 2019 and was expected to conclude in May 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public debate was suspended in late March.
The National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) decided to resume public debate on 15th June, for the remaining period nine weeks. 28 meetings were hosted and more than 2000 people met in the territory and online.

The next step is drafting of the debate report containing all the opinions and arguments expressed by the Commission It will be made public on 19th October, along with an assessment of the debate drawn up by the President of the CNDP. Three months later (19th January 2021), the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition will decide the conditions for project to continue.

A 1 GW tender was due to be launched before the end of the year allowing developers to bid to build the project but, given the delays to the debate timetable, potentially this could be pushed back into 2021.

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