Round 2 of public debates for 1 GW Normandy project

by Tom Russell in Windfarms 21/02/2020 4C Offshore

The public debate for the siting of a 1 GW offshore wind farm off the coast of Normandy has progressed to its second phase.

The consultation is part of the new procedure (Société de confiance) for public participation prior to deciding the location of the wind farm and the competitive bidding procedure with the aim of reducing the level of opposition experienced by the first generation of French wind farms. The aim is to identify a final 300 km2 wind farm area from a macro-zone of 10,500 km2 to build the 1 GW wind farm which will likely feature 65-80 turbines with a rated power of 12-15 MW.

The first consultation phase, launched in November, was devoted to knowledge sharing and open discussions on several major topics such as the coexistence of the activities at sea, environmental impacts, visual impacts and the electrical connections.

The second phase will run until 28th March and will focus on the maps and characteristics of potential areas for development. The third and final phase of the debate will conclude in May.

The French Government recently increased its offshore wind ambitions which was laid out in in the latest draft of the programmations pluriannuelles de l’énergie (PPE) in January. The PPE sets out the country’s energy strategy for the period 2019-2028 with the government aiming to have installed between to 5.2-6.2 GW of offshore wind by 2028. The PPE sets out a tender programme for an additional 1 GW fixed project to be tendered in 2021-2022 and 2023 and a second 250 MW floating project in the Mediterranean in 2022. Annual tendering capacity from 2024-2028 for fixed and floating has also been increased from 500 MW to 1 GW.


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