A partnership agreement has been signed for France’s first commercial-scale floating offshore wind tender in South Brittany.
BW Ideol has entered into a partnership agreement with EDF Renewables, a subsidiary of EDF Group, and Maple Power, a joint venture between CPP Investments and Enbridge Inc., to cooperate on the design of the technical solution for the floating foundations in the context of France’s first commercial-scale floating wind tender.
The French government has also announced that Eoliennes Flottantes Bretagne Grand Large, a company owned by EDF Renewables and Maple Power, has been selected to participate in the tender process.
Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of BW Ideol, declared: “Being chosen by leading offshore wind developers such as EDF Renewables and Maple Power, who have strong experience in the French offshore wind market, is a great satisfaction for our teams.
“This will be the world’s first fully competitive floating commercial-scale tender. The early selection of the technology allows the partners to optimize the project competitiveness, while leveraging on BW Ideol’s unique floating wind track record in France and abroad.”
The offshore floating wind project will be located off the coast of South Brittany with a capacity of up to 270MW. This tender is part of France’s national Multiannual Energy Programme (Programmation Pluriannuelle de l’Energie) aiming at putting 8.75GW of offshore wind capacity out to tender by 2028.
BW Ideol’s patented Damping Pool floating foundation was used in the 2MW Floatgen floating wind turbine on the Sem-Rev test site off the Atlantic coast of France.
By Rebecca Jeffrey