Result Of French Wind Farm Tenders Expected This Week

France lags behind in Europe in wind power and these projects aim to help close the gap with other European countries. Earlier Tuesday, Electricite de France SA’s Chairman and Chief Executive Henri Proglio had said he expected the results of the tender offer "very soon."

"I’m waiting for the results of the tender offer, it seems to be imminent but it is not up to me to disclose the schedule," Proglio told reporters on the sidelines of a press conference.

Out of five planned wind power farms off the north and west coasts of France, EDF has made bids for four, two off the Normandy coast and two off the Brittany coast.

"The CRE (Commission de Regulation de l’Energie) issued a report which I was told was rather positive for EDF but I don’t have it and it’s up to the government to decide," Proglio also said.

Monday, French business daily Les Echos reported that the French energy regulator CRE recommended to the French government to grant four projects to a consortium led by EDF and also comprising engineering firm Alstom SA and Denmark’s Dong Energy, and drop the last project, off Normandy’s Le Treport city.

EDF’s French rival GDF Suez SA bid for the Le Treport offshore wind farm project, along with Vinci SA (DC.FR) and Areva SA.

Ten bids have been made in total for the five French offshore wind farm projects, by three consortiums, one led by EDF, a second led by GDF Suez and the third led by Spain’s Iberdrola.