French Government shortlists floating tender candidates

The French Government has published a list of pre-qualified candidates for the upcoming first commercial offshore wind tender in South Brittany, France. The tender concerns two sites, one of 250 MW, the other of up to 500 MW, off the coast of south Brittany which will share a connection point.

In view of their technical and financial capacity's, the Government has shortlisted 10 candidates. They include:

·        A consortium of CIP and ENI
·        Eoliennes Flottantes Bretagne Grand Large, a project company of EDF Renouvelables and Maple Power (joint venture of Enbridge and CPPIB)
·        A consortium of Elicio and BayWa groups re
·        Equinor
·        Iberdrola
·        Ocean Winds, a joint venture dedicated to offshore wind power between ENGIE and EDPR
·        RWE
·        A consortium of Shell, Valeco (a subsidiary of EnBW) and Eolien en Mer Participations (a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)
·        A consortium of TotalEnergies, Green Investment Group and Qair
·        A consortium of wpd, Vattenfall and BlueFloat Energy groups

These projects were the subject of a public debate organised by the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) from 20 July 2020 to 21 December 2020.

The designation of the winner is scheduled for 2022. The commissioning of the park is planned for 2029.

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