ENGIE and EDPR confirm their ambition in offshore wind and bid for the third call for tenders for the establishment of a fleet with a capacity between 250 and 750 megawatts (MW) off Dunkirk. This joint pre-qualification application enables them to pursue and strengthen long-term collaboration in this strategic market, which builds on the strong wind potential existing off the coast, with France having the second European deposit. These developments will enable France to establish its leadership in the offshore wind sector and thus contribute to the achievement of the key objectives of the energy transition, namely 3,000 MW of offshore wind at sea, Horizon 2023.
ENGIE and EDPR have already worked together in the offshore wind turbine with the Dieppe-Le Tréport (500 MW) and the Ile d’Yeu and Noirmoutier (500 MW) projects, as well as in the floating wind turbine with the project Leucate pilot farm in the Mediterranean (24 MW) and as co-investor partners for the WindFloat Atlantic project in Portugal (25 MW). This joint experience allows the consortium to submit a solid application, based on strong technical and economic capacities. The integration of the project into the territory of Dunkerque, in particular in terms of optimizing the use of the area and taking account of environmental issues, and the price competitiveness of the project will be the key points of the dossier.
“With an energy mix composed of more than 60% of renewable energy in France, ENGIE is a major player in the energy transition in the country. Already a leader in terrestrial wind power, we wish to show our active participation in the consolidation of a French industrial sector in offshore wind, whether laid or floating, “said Gwénaëlle Huet, Managing Director Of ENGIE France Renewables. “EDP Renewables is at the forefront of wind power worldwide. Our operational capability, our experience in different markets and in various conditions and our ability to manage the projects in which we are involved make us the ideal partner for this project, “said Joao Manso Neto, CEO of EDPR. ENGIE has over 20 years of experience in offshore wind power, capitalizing on its expertise in the construction and operation of offshore installations and in the construction of substations for offshore wind farms across the world. In addition to the projects carried out with EDPR, ENGIE is developing the Mermaid project in Belgium (on the order of 250 MW).