Dunkirk gets thumbs up ahead of debate

In: Windfarms
The 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
June 2019, 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 debate.

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.

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