Dunkerque, France to launch the third call for offshore wind tender

14.04.2016 By: Usine Nouvelle, French Minister of Environment, Energy and Sea, Le Figaro, Reuters

The French Minister of Environment, Energy and Sea Mrs Ségolène Royal has announced that a third offshore wind tender will be launched. The harbour town of Dunkerque in the north of France has been chosen and wind projects will be developed in this area.

Although Mrs Royal hasn’t specified the size of the tender nor the bidding period yet, she already made several announcements aiming to reduce costs and simplify procedures.

A new tendering procedure, known as “competitive dialogue”, will enable bidders to improve their offer during this process. Studies of wave, wind and soil will be performed by public authorities and will be published allowing bidders to reduce the risks and to better fine-tune their final bids. Finally, authorisations will be obtained more easily as the government plans to introduce other simplification measures. The concession for occupancy of a public maritime domain and the notification of the winning tender will be assigned to the successful bidder at the same time.

This third call for tenders will contribute to reach the national target of 40% of renewable energy by 2030. Unlike Britain, Germany or Denmark, France does not yet have any offshore wind farms as the two previous tenders launched in 2011 and 2013 are still in progress. Indeed, 3 zones were attributed to EDF EN/Alstom and one to Iberdola during the first one along the coast of Fecamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Guérande and Saint-Brieuc for a total capacity of 2000MW. The second allowed the installation of 1000 additional MW spread across two zones of Tréport and the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier.