Iberdrola start a partnership with AXA IM for the development of wind energy

  • The French company would join as a minority shareholder for the development of a 1000 MW wind farm in Normandy, if Iberdrola is awarded the project. 

The Iberdrola group and AXA IM Alts today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the deployment of offshore wind energy in France. Under this agreement, the French firm would participate as a minority shareholder in the development of a wind farm of about 1,000 MW in Normandy, should Iberdrola be awarded the project in the auction in which it has already been shortlisted. 

The submission of bids for this tender, denominated AO4, will take place on November 10 and the award is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023. The future site will be located more than 30 kilometers off the coast of Normandy, in an area with very favorable wind and seabed conditions for this technology.

With this operation – subject to obtaining regulatory approvals – AXA IM Alts advances its strategy of generating sustainable value for its clients with a high commitment to social impact, values it fully shares with the Iberdrola Group. With 184 billion euros of assets under management, AXA IM Alts has a key presence in France.

In addition to this tender, Iberdrola has also been pre-qualified for the development of three other offshore wind energy projects of 250 MW each. Two of them in the Gulf of Lion, in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, which are expected to be awarded in the fall of 2023 and are scheduled for commissioning in 2030.

The third project for which the company is bidding is the future first floating offshore wind farm in France, to be built some 20 kilometers off Pointe des Poulains, a peninsula located on the northwestern tip of Belle-Île in Brittany. The French government plans to designate the winner of the competition next spring, so that it can go into operation in 2030.

2.5 billion investment in the Saint-Brieuc park

Iberdrola is currently completing the Saint-Brieuc farm, which will be the group’s first major offshore wind farm in France. With nearly 500 MW of capacity, it will generate enough clean energy to meet the electricity consumption of 835,000 people, once it comes on line in 2023.

Located some 16 kilometers off the coast, it will cover an area of 75 square kilometers. Its construction represents an overall investment of close to 2,500 million euros.

This new facility demonstrates Iberdrola’s commitment to the French market, where the company plans to invest some 4 billion euros by 2025, mainly in renewable projects. 

The project involves the creation of more than 2,700 jobs, half of them in Galicia and Asturias thanks to Iberdrola’s award of the largest offshore wind contract to date won by Navantia-Windar.

The plant will become the company’s fourth offshore wind farm in operation, after West of Duddon Sands, located in the Irish Sea; Wikinger, in the Baltic Sea; and East Anglia ONE, one of the world’s largest offshore wind developments, located in the southern North Sea.

Offshore wind, key to Iberdrola's growth

The company also has three other large offshore wind farms currently under construction. In the United Kingdom, construction has begun on the East Anglia Three offshore wind farm, which will have a capacity of 1,400 megawatts (MW), enough to supply 1.3 million homes with clean energy, more than the populations of Liverpool and Glasgow combined.

This new facility, located off the Norfolk coast near the London metropolitan area, will form part of the East Anglia Hub macro-complex, along with the future East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two developments. This hub is the Iberdrola group’s largest initiative for this technology in the world and will involve an investment of 6.5 billion pounds sterling (around 7.7 billion euros) for the installation of 3,000 MW.

In the United States, Iberdrola is building what will be the country’s first commercial-scale wind farm, Vineyard Wind 1 (806 MW), off the coast of the state of Massachusetts, with an investment of some 2.5 billion euros. This facility will be able to meet the energy needs of more than 400,000 homes and will prevent the emission of more than 1.6 million tons of CO2 per year.

In Germany, the group has started to build its second major offshore wind initiative in the country, after Wikinger. The 476 MW wind farm, called Baltic Eagle, will be able to meet the demand of 475,000 households and avoid the emission of almost one million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. The company also plans to develop a third marine project in this area: Windanker (300 MW).  Together, the three renewable facilities will result in the largest offshore wind complex in the Baltic Sea, with a total installed capacity of 1,100 MW and a combined investment of approximately 3.5 billion euros.

Offshore wind power is one of the keys to Iberdrola’s growth. Just as the group was a pioneer in its commitment to onshore wind power two decades ago, the company is leading the development of offshore wind power.

Iberdrola has a portfolio of projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Ireland, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and Brazil, which could increase in the coming years thanks to the numerous auctions in which it is participating.