The French Ministry of Ecology and Energy Transition has selected a consortium of EDF, Enbridge and Innogy to design, build, operate and maintain the nearly 600 MW Dunkerque offshore wind project in northern France. The consortium offered a price below 50/MWh. The project will consist of around 45 wind turbines and is expected to be commissioned in 2026. It should generate 2.3 TWh/year, enought to supply 500,000 households. Ten potential developers or developing consortia were pre-selected in May 2017 and the French government officially launched the tender for the project in November 2018, following several months of delay. Seven bids were submitted, including one from a consortium of Total, rsted and Elicio.
In addition, the Ministry has decided to raise the renewable marine energy targets sets in the long-term energy programme (Programmation pluriannuelle de lnergie, PPE), from 750 MW of new offshore wind capacity per year by 2024 to 1 GW per year. On top of a 1,000 MW wind project off the Normandy coast, three tenders for commercial floating wind parks will be issued: for 250 MW off southern Brittany, for 250 MW off the Occitanie coast and for 250 MW off the Provence-Alpes-Ctes d'Azur coast. Another 500 - 1,000 MW offshore wind project is under consideration off the Oleron Island in western France.
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