France Launches Call for Tenders for EUR3.5B of Offshore Wind Energy

The French government Tuesday launched a call for tenders for the construction of 3.5 billion euros ($4.57 billion) worth of offshore wind farms to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity, the French Energy Minister Delphine Batho said in a statement.

The investment would likely support 10,000 industrial jobs, and is the second offshore wind farm project launched by the government, the minister’s office said. The wind farms are planned for construction near Treport, in northern France, and near the Noimoutier and Iles d’Yeu islands on the Atlantic coast.

The French government in April last year awarded contracts for four wind farms, representing an investment of around EUR7 billion.

A venture between state-controlled utility Electricite de France SA (EDF.FR) and Danish company Dong Energy Power was chosen to build and operate three of the wind farms off the Atlantic and Channel coasts, using wind turbines made by Alstom SA (ALO.FR).

A group owned by Spain’s Iberdrola SA (IBE.MC) and EOLE-RES SA was chosen to build and operate a fourth wind farm located offshore in northern France with a plan to install wind turbines made by engineering company Areva SA (AREVA.FR).