December 5, 2011
Spain’s Iberdrola Renovables and France’s Areva have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop offshore wind projects in France. Under the deal the two companies will compete for two of the five zones to be offered in the forthcoming tender for up to 3GW of offshore power: St-Brieuc (500 MW) and St-Nazaire (750 MW). Areva will act as sole supplier to the projects, offering its M5000 turbine, while Iberdrola will contribute its extensive offshore expertise. Keith Anderson, CEO of Iberdrola’s Global Offshore Division, said, “The development of offshore wind projects is one of the key areas of growth for Iberdrola Renewables.”
Areva in May announced a partnership with French companies GDF Suez and Vinci to bid for the right to build wind farms in three of the offshore zones — Dieppe-Le Treport, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fecamp.
December 5, 2011
UK-based engineering and design consultancy Atkins and industrial engineering specialist Assystem are jointly targeting opportunities in the offshore wind market in France. Services provided by Assystem, with the support of Atkins, include concept and detailed engineering design as well as owner’s engineer services and consortium management. Atkins has expertise in offshore wind infrastructure design and engineering services, while Assystem is equipped with local knowledge of the French energy market.
Atkins and Assystem intend to capitalise on France’s €20 billion plan to accelerate the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy production. The plan is to produce a 6,000 MW power base by 2020, which corresponds to 1,200 wind turbines.
April 14, 2011
France initiated the bidding process for nearly 3,000 MW of offshore wind projects that could cost about $12.7 billion to develop. The country plans to set aside five to 10 offshore areas that have been evaluated for their environmental compatibility. The zones are still being studied and no decision has been made about which will be included in the tenders. The tender process will evaluate the engineering costs of each project in order to set the price at which power from these projects can be sold to French utilities.
French natural gas network GDF Suez SA is already planning a €1.8 billion 705-MW wind park about 14 km offshore Le Treport in northern France, which is being assessed for its environmental impact. Other sites also considered favourable include one near Utah beach in Normandy and areas off Britanny and Languedoc-Roussillon in the Mediterranean Sea. The government is targeting 6,000 MW of offshore wind power by 2020.