Dong and EDF team up for French offshore

FRANCE: The renewables arm of French energy giant EDF today announced it would partner Dong Energy in bidding for France's offshore wind-development zones due to be tendered later this month.

France's five offshore wind-development zones
France's five offshore wind-development zones

EDF Energies Nouvelles said the two firms had signed an exclusive partnership agreement for the five development zones with a potential combined generating capacity of 3GW.


This agreement follows EDF Energies Nouvelles’ deal with turbine manufacturer Alstom in April to be its exclusive supplier for the five development zones.


The tenders for the development zones are due to be launched in July by the French government, having been delayed from last year.


The five zones are St-Brieuc (500MW), St-Nazaire (750MW), Fécamp (500MW), Le Tréport (750MW) and Courseulles (500MW).


Indications are that the offshore tender will favour larger turbines. Four of the five zones will require at least one 5MW turbine per square kilometre to achieve the target capacity. The most restricted site — off St-Nazaire — foresees 750MW in 78 square kilometres, representing a density of more than 9MW per square kilometre — assuming the whole area can be used.


Today’s announcement by EDF Energies Nouvelles of its partnership with Dong follows a similar announcement by Iberdrola and Areva last week , with the firms confirming they would work together to bid for St-Brieuc and St-Nazaire. Areva has previously agreed to work with GDF Suez on bidding for Fécamp, Le Tréport and Courseulles.

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