Paris chooses Breton floating bidders – reNews


RWE Renewables has been selected as an eligible bidder for a floating wind farm of up to 270 MW off the south coast of Brittany under the next French tender.

The project is located off Ile Belle-Ile and Ile de Groix at water depths of approximately 90 meters.

The final floating design of the project would be determined during the development phase, said RWE Renewables.

The developer said it will work closely with local stakeholders and national supply chain partners to deliver local benefits, jobs and investments, while investing in new renewable energy.

Earlier today, the French government selected candidates to submit bids for the construction of floating wind farms, totaling 750 MW, off the coast of Brittany.

The call for tenders describes two sites, one with a capacity of 250 MW and the other with a capacity of up to 500 MW as well as their shared connection.

The government has shortlisted 10 candidates, who are eligible to participate in the tender.

The candidates are a consortium formed by CIP and ENI, Eoliennes Flottantes Bretagne Grand Large (EDF Renewables and Maple Power), a consortium formed by Elicio and BayWa re, Equinor, Iberdrola, Ocean Winds, RWE, a consortium formed by Shell, Valeco ( a subsidiary of EnBW) and Eolien en Mer Participations (a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations), a consortium formed by TotalEnergies, Green Investment Group and Qair and a consortium formed by WPD, Vattenfall and BlueFloat Energy.

The announcement of the winners is scheduled for 2022.

Commissioning is planned for 2029.

The projects, located off the coast of southern Brittany, were the subject of a public debate organized by the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) last year.

The first 250 MW project will be the ninth offshore wind project in France and one of the first projects using floating technology in Europe.

Elicio and BayWa have confirmed that they will submit a bid for an offshore wind farm, with a capacity of 250 MW, just like the Vattenfall, WPD and BlueFloat Energy consortium.

BW Ideol has entered into a partnership agreement with EDF Renouvelables and Maple Power to cooperate in the design of the technical solution for floating foundations as part of the consortium’s offer.