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EDF, Wpd to Bid in Second French Offshore Wind-Power Tender

Electricite de France SA and German developer Wpd AG agreed to take part in France’s second offshore wind tender, as the country plans to add 6,000 megawatts.

The French utility’s renewables unit and Bremen-based Wpd plan to use 6-megawatt turbines made by Alstom SA (ALO) after an accord signed with the power-equipment manufacturer in 2011, the companies said today in a statement.

France started a second tender for offshore wind projects in March, seeking investment of about 3.5 billion euros ($4.5 billion) at two sites off its Atlantic coast. The nation, as yet without any sea-based wind energy, plans to install 6,000 megawatts of offshore wind, tidal and wave power by 2020, its deadline for getting 23 percent of energy from renewables.

The zones in the second program comprise about 200 wind turbines to be built off Le Treport in Normandy and between the d’Yeu and Noirmoutier islands off the Pays de la Loire region. It follows a first bidding process that awarded four projects with almost 2,000 megawatts last April to groups led by EDF and Iberdrola SA. (IBE)

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