EDF Energies Nouvelles and wpd offshore Submit Bids for Two New Projects
PARIS -- November 29, 2013
The European consortium comprising EDF Energies Nouvelles and company, wpd
offshore, have announced that they have submitted two bids for the Tréport and
Ile d’ Yeu/Ile de Noirmoutier projects. These two projects fall within the
framework of the second call for tenders for French offshore wind energy
projects, representing total new capacity of 1,000 MW to be installed by 2023.
This reinforces the ambitious plan already taking place with Alstom
(Paris:ALO) , partner for the turbines.
An additional 1,000 MW of offshore wind energy for France
In March 2013, the French government launched a call for tenders for the
construction and operation of two large-scale offshore wind farms:
1. One site located off Tréport in the Haute Normandieregion;
2. One site between the Ile d’ Yeu and Ile de Noirmoutier in the Pays de la
Each site offers capacity of 480-500 MW to be brought into service between
2021 and 2023.
This national call for tenders for 1,000 MW is in addition to the first call
for tenders for 2,500 MW launched in 2011, which comprised five wind energy
projects off the French coast (the Channel and the Atlantic). Three of the
four lots awarded by the Government were won by the consortium headed by EDF
Energies Nouvelles: Fécamp (498 MW), Courseulles-sur-Mer (450 MW) and
Saint-Nazaire (480 MW). These projects are due to come into service starting
Successful collaboration set to continue
The European consortium made up of EDF Energies Nouvelles and wpd offshore
with Alstom as exclusive supplier for the turbines represents a strong
alliance, demonstrated by the many years of collaboration in the three
projects won together during the first call for tenders.
The quality of propositions made and the accuracy of the studies conducted at
the time of the first call for tenders were verified at the end of the risk
assessment period. The three project companies created for the first call for
tenders each confirmed on 23 October, that the projects would continue in
accordance with the initial pricing offer, technical options and timetable
presented in the applications made in 2012.
The extension of this partnership for the second call for tenders will enable
the different parties involved to capitalise on the operating and working
methods established over the last two or more years, as well as their shared
On November, 29th 2013, the consortium filed two solid, tailored and realistic
offers based on the technical and environmental studies conducted over several
years by renowned research engineering offices.
The consortium also benefits from the enhanced expertise of its partners.
Over the last few years, EDF Energies Nouvelles has become French market
leader in offshore wind energy. It recently consolidated this position with
the 325 MW brought into service in Belgium, 62 MW in the United Kingdom and
2,500 MW under development, including 1,500 MW in France and 1,000 MW in the
In Germany, wpd offshore has developed the first offshore wind farm in Baltic
sea (launched in 2011) and has secured the financing of the project Butendiek
(80 wind turbines in North Sea and 1.3 bn ivestment), which construction will
begin springtime 2014 under wpd’s responsibility.
Eight offshore projects in Europe are fully permitted for a total power output
of 2.5 GW. In France, wpd offshore has identified the sites of Fécamp,
Courseulles-sur-Mer and the area located between Yeu and Noirmoutier islands.
These projects have been defined in close cooperation with the local
stakeholders. Technical and environmental studies performed, and
consultation’s meetings have been decisive to define the projects.
Partners ready to build up French industry
The submission of bids for these two additional projects confirms the
consortium’s aim - with Alstom as manufacturer of wind turbines - to build up
and consolidate an ambitious industrial plan ensuring a long-term future for
Alstom’s wind offshore plants. This new capacity will provide opportunities in
the medium term for the plants securing an additional activity of
approximately one year per wind farm, and give Alstom the visibility to export
The implementation of the industrial plan is expected to create 5,000 jobs
including 1,000 direct jobs. As part of the plan, Alstom has begun building
four plants to manufacture various key components of the wind turbines. The
two Saint-Nazaire plants which will produce the nacelles and the generators
have been under construction since spring 2013 and are due to be completed in
late 2014. Building permit application for the blades and tower factories in
Cherbourg will be soon submitted.
When you add construction and operation/maintenance activities, a total of
.around 8,500 direct and indirect jobs will be created across the five French
projects, thus creating an industrial cluster dedicated to offshore wind. As
part of this effort, Alstom and EDF Energies Nouvelles have carried out
important upstream work, reinforcing discussions with local partners such as
Neopolia and Vendée Expansion in order to identify and qualify offshore
At the same time, Alstom completed the offshore installation of its
new-generation offshore wind turbine, the 6-MW Haliade™ 150, one of the
largest offshore wind turbine on the market off Ostend harbour at the Belwind
site in Belgium. This is one of the most efficient offshore wind turbine since
its yield is 15% better than existing offshore turbines. Following successful
IEC^1 power performance measurement certification (power curve^2), obtained in
May 2013 on the first Haliade 150 commissioned at Le Carnet site in France,
the machine is expected to secure its final certification during the first
half of 2014. The offshore installation will help confirm how the machine
behaves within the offshore environment for which it was specifically designed
About EDF Energies Nouvelles
Operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market
leader in green electricity production, with a portfolio of 6,358 MW of gross
installed capacity. With a development focused on wind and solar photovoltaic
energy, the Company recently entered new promising markets: Israel, Morocco,
South Africa and Poland, and is expanding its business in offshore wind
energy. The Company is also present in other segments of the renewable energy
market: marine energy, biogas, biomass and small hydro as well as in
distributed energies. EDF EN manages renewable energy projects’ development
and construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own account and
for third parties. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group and
its renewable energy arm.
For more information, please visit: www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com.
wpd is a developer and operator of wind farms with activities in 20 countries
in Europe and overseas. So far, wind farms with some 1,500 turbines and a
total output of 2.5 GW have been implemented by wpd group and international
projects with a further 6.7 GW onshore are under development. With a pipeline
of 10 GW, wpd is among Europe’s leading developers for offshore wind farms.
One of the first commercial offshore wind farms, Baltic 1, has been developed
by wpd and launched in 2011. wpd is developing offshore projects in Germany,
Sweden, Finland, Denmark, France and Italy.
100 % affiliate of the wpd group, Bremen Worldwide, one of the leading
developers of offshore wind farms with a pipeline of 18 projects (totaling 10
GW) and activities in 6 countries (Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Italy,
*The value chain covers project development, construction as well as
*So far, 8 projects in Germany, Sweden and Finland have been successfully
developed until final consent
*Procurement for 3 projects with a total investment volume of more than 2.5
*Construction management for 2 offshore wind projects (including Baltic 1,
Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm)
*Developer of and shareholder in 2 of the 4 projects that have been
tendered in France so far.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission
and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and
environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the
highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated
power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy
sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide
range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The
Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20
billion and booked close to €24 billion in orders in 2012/13. www.alstom.com
^1 IEC: International Electrotechnical Commission
^2 Power curve: Determines the turbine’s electricity production as a function
of the average wind speed
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