EDF consortium submits French offshore tenders

FRANCE: Four offshore wind projects were submitted today by the consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles in response to the French offshore energy call for tenders.

If the EDF consortium is planning to use Alstom's 6MW turbine
If the EDF consortium is planning to use Alstom's 6MW turbine

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The consortium, which also comprises Dong Energy, Nass & Wind Offshore and WPD Offshore, with Alstom acting as its exclusive supplier, is bidding for the Saint-Nazaire, Saint-Brieuc, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fecamp sites in the Atlantic and English Channel.

A key factor in the submissions is Alstom’s manufacturing capability in France which could create 7,500 jobs there if the bids are successful.

Four plants could be established at two sites at Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg to manufacture all the required turbines components. Eight assembly facilities would also be established at the ports of Saint-Nazaire, Brest, Cherbourg and Le Havre.

The four projects submitted by the consortium are based on wind and environmental studies conducted over a period of four years along with geotechnical sea-bed surveys.

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