The two factories, which would produce blades and nacelles for Areva Wind's 5MW offshore turbine, could be ready as early as 2013, the company says. Le Havre was selected for the overall quality of its offer, including proximity to project sites, its logistical infrastructure and training facilities.
The factories could also potentially supply projects around the south coast of England. However, even if Areva does build the plant in Le Havre, this does not preclude establishing production infrastructure in the UK, a spokesperson said.
The government will announce the outcome of the 3GW tender next April, at the same time as calling for a further 3GW.