TotalEnergies and RWE bid for French site

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 17/01/2023 RWE

TotalEnergies and RWE have combined forces for the competitive bidding procedure for the
Center Manche 2 (AO8) offshore wind zone off Normandy, France.

The AO8 project, with an installed capacity of between 1,400 and 1,600 MW, is located near the
AO4 project area, approximately 40 km off the Cotentin peninsula in Normandy. TotalEnergies and RWE previously submitted a joint bid for AO4, with winners expected to be announced early this year.

The combined AO4 and AO8 projects will offer an installed capacity of around 2,500 MW to meet the annual electricity consumption of around 2 million households.

In the event of prequalification for AO8, the consortium will continue the dialogue established during AO4 with local and regional stakeholders to involve them in all stages of the AO8 project.

“TotalEnergies, as a historical player in Normandy, is delighted to renew its partnership with RWE to respond to the Center Manche 2 project. Together, we will mobilize all our expertise to provide the best solutions to technical, commercial and societal challenges. of this ambitious project, with the aim of integrating offshore wind power into a strong regional dynamic. This complementary partnership will make it possible to join the forces of two leaders in offshore wind power, to bring all the control of all the stages of a project and thus contribute to the country's objectives in terms of renewable energies",
said said Vanessa Godefroy, Director of Offshore Wind Europe at TotalEnergies.

“RWE actively wishes to contribute to the development of offshore wind power in France and to the structuring of a national industrial sector. We have brought to AO4, and will continue to bring to AO8, all the experience of a group of experts in the development, construction and operation of the most complex and innovative offshore wind farms. We make available to our consortium formed with TotalEnergies all our know-how for an exemplary, realistic and ambitious Norman project, which will offer many economic benefits for the territory. Offshore wind power will play a very important role in the carbon neutrality trajectory that France has set itself, but also in its energy independence,"
said Pierre Peysson, Offshore Wind Director at RWE Renewables France.