Renewable Energy, Wind

France’s Neoen joins GDF Suez to bid in offshore wind energy

French renewable energy company Neoen, controlled by holding company Impala, said today it will join the consortium led by utility GDF Suez to participate in the second French tender for offshore wind power, via its unit Neoen Marine.

Neoen Marine, in which state-owned financial institution Caisse des Depots is also a shareholder, will hold an interest of 10 percent in the project, while GDF Suez owns 47 percent and Portuguese EDPR owns 43 percent.

French nuclear group Areva has been selected to provide the turbines.

The tender, launched in January 2013, concerns two farms of 500 MW each, off the coasts of Treport, northern France, and Noirmoutier, western France.

The bids have to be submitted by the end of November.