EDF-led consortium wins Dunkirk tender

In: Windfarms
France’s Environment Minister, Francois de Rugby, has revealed that an EDF Renouvelables-led consortium has won the much-anticipated Dunkerque (Dunkirk). The winning bid was in a consortium with Enbridge and innogy.
'I am delighted to announce', de Rugby wrote on social media, 'that [EDF] will build and operate, at a particularly competitive purchase price, the Dunkerque field'.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (la Commission de régulation de l'énergie, CRE) pre-selected ten bidders, individuals or consortia, to enter the final tender phase on the basis of technical and financial capabilities in May 2017. The short list included industry heavy weights such as ENGIE, EDPR, E.ON, and Ørsted.

EDF's winning bid was strikingly low, at less than €50/MWh, which means that the consortium will receive no more than €50 per megawatt hour for twenty years. Commissioning of the 600 MW, 45-turbine wind farm is expected in 2025.

The Environment Minister was in Saint-Nazaire to launch construction on another of EDF's projects, a 480 MW offshore wind farm. ‘Today in Saint-Nazaire, we are accelerating the deployment of offshore wind turbines in France’, de Rugy wrote on social media. ‘By 2022, 80 wind turbines installed offshore will produce 20% of the electricity needs of the Loire-Atlantique. Clean energy, synonymous with economic development.’

Yesterday (13th June),
4C reported that France is doubling down on its offshore wind targets, and that annual 1GW tenders are expected to take place until 2028.

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