Vattenfall prequalifies for the upcoming floating French offshore wind tender for two projects off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
On 2 August the French government launched its sixth offshore wind tender after a public consultation process has identified two areas within which two floating offshore wind farms, each with a capacity of 250 MW, will be located.
Vattenfall has been shortlisted by the French State to enter the next phase of the competitive process.
“Our participation in this new tender demonstrates Vattenfall’s commitment to grow in France and in floating offshore wind. The two proposed areas, and their future extensions, will bring important industrial and economic opportunities to the Mediterranean region. These projects fit with our strategy to consolidate our position as a leading global developer of offshore wind energy and contribute to our goal to enable fossil-free living within one generation,” says Yara Chakhtoura, Managing Director of Vattenfall’s Wind business in France.
The project is expected to be awarded by the end of 2023. Once in operation at the end of the decade, these offshore wind farms are expected to produce fossil free electricity equal to the need of around 500 000 French homes.
Vattenfall is also participating in two other tenders in France, off the coast of Normandy and South Brittany, both of which are expected to be awarded first quarter 2023.
Vattenfall has been present in France for more than 20 years in the retail business, first for business customers and, since 2018, the company also sell electricity to private customers. Vattenfall’s ambition is to develop renewable capacity in France by 2030, mainly based on offshore wind.
Vattenfall is a leading on and offshore wind developer with 12 operating offshore wind farms in five countries in Europe, two offshore wind farms under construction, including the first subsidy-free project in the world, a commissioned capacity of 3.5 GW and more than 4 GW under development. The key markets for Business Area Wind are Sweden, Denmark, Germany, UK, The Netherlands and France.