France plans to tender a site capable of supporting about 1GW of offshore wind capacity and to select its developer in 2022.
The energy transition ministry selected a site off the Cotentin peninsula in the north-west of the country following a public consultation.
The government added that the site, 32km from the shore in Normandy, has a “low level of fishing activity and limited biodiversity issues”.
Its choice of the new zone for the approximately 1000MW Cotentin Cotentin (1000MW) Offshoreoff Normandy, France, Europe Click to see full details project follows a public debate held between November 2019 and August 2020.
The consultation highlighted the importance of co-existence of uses at sea, including fishing, the need to control the environmental impacts of the wind farm, and the need for long-term visibility for local stakeholders, the government stated.
The minister for the sea, Annick Girardin, said: “This public debate has underlined how much the issue of planning the development of marine energies and more generally, uses of the sea, is now a priority.
“The development of offshore wind power is a major social project that cannot be decided in a Parisian office.”
The French government added that the future developer will have to study conditions for coexistence with the fishing industry.
France updated its multi-year energy plan in April 2020, through which it aims to boost its offshore wind fleet to 5.2-6.2GW by 2028.