EDF Energies Nouvelles and DONG Energy team up to jointly respond to the offshore wind power in France

EDF Energies Nouvelles (Paris:EEN) announces the signature of an exclusive partnership agreement with Danish group DONG Energy, a global leader in offshore wind energy, in response to the invitation to tender that the French government is due to launch.

With over 20 years’ experience in the Northern European offshore wind farm market, DONG Energy will bring its expertise as a specialist and pioneer in this sector. As a key player in the renewable energy industry, DONG Energy is the utility that has built most offshore wind farms in the world, with to-date over 1 000 MW and 12 wind farm plants in operation as well as 1 300 MW under construction.

"We are very happy to be working together with a well-known European partner on the forthcoming call for tenders in France and to combine its longstanding experience in offshore wind energy with our own," said Yvon André, Chief Operating Officer of EDF Energies Nouvelles

With this exclusive partnership, both groups will combine their skills and their investment capacities within a common structure, that will be majority-owned by EDF EN, with the objective to guarantee the technical and financial strengths for the offshore wind energy projects in connection with the invitation for tender of the French government. This partnership follows the exclusive agreement with Alstom Power for turbines furniture.

DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in northern Europe. Its corporate headquarters are in Denmark. DONG Energy’s activities encompass the generation, distribution and trading of energy. During 2010, the Group generated revenues of DKK55 billion (7.3 billion) and it has 6,000 employees. For further information, please go to www.dongenergy.com

With operations in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in green electricity production. With a development focused on wind energy for several years and more recently on solar power photovoltaic, the Group is also present in other segments of the renewable energies market: small hydro, marine energy, biomass, biofuel and biogas. In addition, the Group is expanding in the distributed renewable energies sector. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group.