France has announced tenders for two offshore bottom-fixed wind projects with a total capacity of 2.5 GW.
These two projects target small offshore wind farms- one running at about 1 GW and the other at about 1.5 GW- in different French regions. The first is located off the coast of Oleron, 150 km from Bordeaux, while the second is planned for a site 38 km off Normandy.
The initial application for interested developers is due on December 23rd. In February, a competitive dialogue period begins running for three months, during which developers can discuss the project with public authorities before submitting their final application.
The schemes have been awarded at the end of 2023, according to WindEurope.
The announcement comes after France celebrated the first commercial operation of its behind-the-sea wind farm, which has the capacity to generate 480 MW.
WindEurope has called for French authorities to start planning for offshore wind tenders in 2024 and 2025 to give investors visibility. The country is targeting 18 GW of offshore wind by 2035 and 40 GW by 2050. This means they would have to hold auctions for at least 2 GW of new offshore wind capacity each year starting in 2025, the industry consortium calculates, adding that the current pace is 1 GW of auctioned capacity per year.
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