EDF 'set to win' four French offshore projects

FRANCE: The French electricity regulator CRE has recommended the government award four of the five offshore projects currently out to tender to EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) and abandon the fifth, according to reports.

Four of the French projects are set to use Alstom's 6MW turbine

French financial daily Les Echos said the government received 10 bids from three consortia for the 3GW tender in January. That led by EDF EN submitted four bids for up to 2.25GW at Fécamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer, St-Brieuc and St-Nazaire.

The EDF bid includes Dong Energy, Nass&Wind Offshore, Poweo Renewables, Wpd Offshore and Alstom, which recently constructed the prototype of its 6MW turbine. The other bidders were Iberdrola and GDF Suez.

The project to be abandoned, according to Les Echos, is at Le Tréport, for which only GDF Suez submitted a bid. Earlier this year, EDF said it was pulling out of the 750MW Le Treport tender so it could concentrate on the four other projects.

CRE is required to advise the government on the bids, taking into account the price, industrial benefits and environmental aspects.

Its recommendations, which are not binding, now go to the energy and environment ministers for a final decision, which is expected mid-April.

Update 4 April - a second report in Le Figaro states CRE has reccommended the Saint-Brieuc project is also postponed.