A European consortium including wpd reached an important success as the results of the French offshore tender now have been released: With the wpd projects Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp the bidding consortium including EDF, Alstom, DONG Energy and wpd were able to secure projects on a scale of some 1,000 MW.
As a result wpd is now well-positioned in the emerging French offshore market.
In EDF, Alstom and Dong we found strong partners. EDF and Dong on the other hand could rely on wpds five years of offshore development work in France. This combination of partners paid off and wpd as shareholder is now responsible for the permitting process and the further development of the projects on site. Since wpd was already successful in obtaining the permits for eight European offshore projects, we see ourselves as well prepared for this task, declares Achim Berge, managing director of wpd offshore.
A second round of French offshore tenders is expected to be awarded this year; this round also includes several wpd projects. However, a bidding consortium for the second round has yet to be established.
wpd offshore is one of the leader of Offshore Wind in Europe, with 10 GW under development and 2.8 GW already consented. wpd offshore achieved last summer the construction of Baltic 1 wind farm (21 WTGs, 1st German wind farm in Baltic Sea). The group is in the procurement and construction phase for the Butendiek project (80 WTGs, Germany). In France, wpd offshore has developed many projects since 2007. Technical and environmental studies on these areas were key factors for the development of these projects, together with the knowledge and consideration of local stakeholders.
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