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Qair and Corio Generation team up for offshore wind projects

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 27/03/2023 Qair

Qair and Corio Generation announce their partnership to submit an offer to develop the offshore wind projects, Sud Atlantique and Centre Manche 2.
The General Directorate for Energy and Climate (DGEC) announced the pre-selection of the consortium to take part in the competitive dialogue procedure. The purpose of these projects is the construction and operation of offshore wind farms, with an installed power of 900 MW to 1,050 MW for Sud Atlantique and 1,400 MW to 1,600 MW for Centre Manche 2.

Named Energies of the Meridian, the consortium has recognised the potential of the French offshore wind sector and intends to participate in its development. These calls for tenders are a key step towards achieving France’s objective of 40 GW of offshore wind power by 2050.
An opportunity to strengthen the structuring of the sector in the New Aquitaine/Pays de la Loire and Normandy regions
Qair and Corio Generation have started involving regional players in a project development approach. These projects will also aim to enable the consolidation of the existing industrial foundations built through previous calls for tenders on the Atlantic and Channel coasts.

This joint application is based on the already proven collaboration between the two partners in; the 250 MW floating wind call for tenders in the South Brittany region (AO5) and the call for tenders for 2×250 MW floating wind in the Mediterranean (AO6).
Guirec Dufour, CEO of Qair France commented: "We are delighted to collaborate once again with Corio Generation for these two calls for tenders. This partnership continues to demonstrate the complementarity of our skills and our shared commitment to the energy transition in France. This selection confirms Qair group’s offshore strategy initiated in 2016 around our pilot project Eolmed, and already recognized in its commercial deployment with the award of 2 GW in Scotland. We are confident that the competitive offer of Energies du Meridien that we are carrying will be able to contribute to the emerging structure of a French industrial subsidiary in offshore wind.”
Mark Giulianotti, Head of Europe of Corio Generation added: “We’re proud to be selected by the French government to compete in these two important fixed-bottom offshore wind tenders. These projects, once built, will play a vital role in helping France meet its net zero commitments, including a goal of delivering 40 GW from offshore wind by 2050.
“Energies du Méridien combines Corio’s unmatched global offshore wind expertise and access to capital with Qair’s longstanding experience in renewable energy development and roots in the French market. Together, we have the world-class capabilities to ensure that France can take full advantage of the green industrial revolution and deploy next-generation offshore wind at scale.”

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