Offshore wind power – A new entrant wins the first French floating park – 05/15/2024 at 7:59 p.m.

(Updated with details)

A consortium formed by the Belgian Elicio and the German BayWa re won the call for tenders launched by France to develop and operate a 250 megawatt (MW) floating offshore wind farm in the south of Brittany, announced Wednesday the Minister Delegate in charge of Industry and Energy, Roland Lescure.

Located off the coast of Belle-Ile-en-Mer and the island of Groix (Morbihan), this park will be the first commercial floating wind project in France. Its commissioning is planned around 2031.

The project will benefit from a feed-in tariff guaranteed by the State over 20 years set at 86.45 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh) which “demonstrates the competitiveness of the floating wind sector”, wrote the Ministry of Energy. Economy in a press release.

Pennavel, the company created by Elicio (subsidiary of the Belgian Nethys) and by BayWa re (owned by the German BayWa

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The consortium specified in a press release that its park should generate around 30% of the current production of renewable energy in Brittany and supply more than 450,000 inhabitants each year.

This is the second recent floating wind project in Europe won by Elicio and BayWa re, after that of Buchan (960 MW), off the north-east coast of Scotland.

Before these announcements, five out of eight offshore wind farms put on the market by the French government – as part of four calls for tenders – had been awarded to consortiums formed around EDF.

The result of the Bretagne Sud call for tenders was announced during the inauguration by the public electrician of the 500 MW park in Fécamp (Seine-Maritime), only the second to be fully operational in France due to procedures complex and multiple appeals filed in recent years against projects in development.

The State, which wishes to accelerate in this sector, announced at the beginning of May a new call for tenders, relating to four projects representing 2.5 gigawatts (GW), as well as its intention to launch another competitive procedure this year large-scale, with a power of around 10 GW.

(Reporting by Benjamin Mallet, editing by Zhifan Liu)

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