Vattenfall is taking a further step into the European wind energy market by forming an alliance to prepare it for bidding for an offshore wind tender in Dunkerque, France.
Vattenfall is teaming up for the Dunkerque wind project, known as Eliade, with Caisse des Dépôts, a public French financial institution with experience in financing projects including offshore wind; and with WPD, a German wind power developer with a strong position in France.
“France is a very interesting market for Vattenfall’s wind energy operations. To gain a foothold there will allow us to consolidate our position as a leading global developer of offshore wind energy and take us a step further in becoming fossil-free within a generation. A stronger wind presence will also strengthen our supply business in France,” says Gunnar Groebler, senior VP and head of Business Area Wind.
It is the third time that the French government has made sites available for offshore wind tenders. Ten companies including Vatenfall were selected for this project, rated at 250-750 MW, in a prequalification phase in May 2017.
The competitive dialogue phase, during which the participating companies have had dialogue meetings with the French State, is in progress. Following that, companies will prepare their bids using studies carried out by the French State. These cover the specifications for the wind farm as well as providing access to environmental and technical studies.
The bids will ultimately be judged on three criteria: price, the optimisation of the wind power zone and consideration for the environment. The winner is expected to be announced during the second half of this year.