French National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) has approved the 'owner's
file' in preparation of the upcoming public debate for the Dunkirk
offshore wind farm and electrical connection.
The Eoliennes en mer de Dunkerque (EMD) consortium, consisting of EDF Renouvelables,
innogy, and Enbridge, was announced as winner of the tender to develop
the project in
with a record low strike price of €44/MWh.
EMD published an 'owner's file' in October 2019, outlining key elements
of the project such as design and schedule as well as thoughts on any environmental,
social and economic impacts.
The CNDP considers that the document 'is sufficiently complete', provided
that supplements summarising the decision-making process and the consequences
of abandoning the project are provided, as well as expanding on the part
relating to the project's socio-economic impacts. The decision was published
in the Journal officiel on 11th March.
From mid-April to mid-July, the offshore wind farm project off Dunkirk,
and its electrical connection, will be subject to a public debate concerning
the project design, socio-economic issues, and the impacts of the project
on the environment and regional planning.
Two months after the end of the debate the CNDP will publish a report and
balance sheet containing all opinions expressed during the debate. After
a further three months, the contracting authority decides on the principle
and conditions for continuing the project and indicates the measures it
deems necessary to implement in order to tackle any matters raised in the
The 600 MW project will be located at least 11.4 km from the coast and
will consist of 46 turbines, each with rated power of 13 MW. RTE will construct
the offshore and onshore transmission systems. Over the next two years,
EMD will prepare and apply for necessary authorisations. Offshore construction
is expected to start in 2025, with commercial operations from 2026.