The agreement formalizes both groups’ decision to combine their expertise in the French government’s second call for tenders, with a view to continuing the development of offshore wind energy in France and pursuing the industrial project initiated with Alstom, the exclusive partner for the supply of wind turbines.
With the first success in the tender launched by the government in 2011, EDF Energies Nouvelles and wpd offshore demonstrated their ability to join forces to provide solid, efficient projects that take the territories’ economic and environmental challenges into account. With this second tender, the partners are thus strengthening their commitment to support a French offshore wind energy industry.
EDF EN and wpd offshore pursue the alliance forged with Alstom in 2011 for the supply of Haliade 150 — 6 MW turbines manufactured in France at Alstom’s four future plants in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg. The partners will be able to expand the breadth and depth of the industrial project initiated at the time of the first tender, thereby coming closer in case of success to the critical size required to sustain this industrial sector over the long term.