Hywind Scotland, world's first floating offshore wind farm. Source Equinor

France Launches Floating Offshore Wind Tender

France has launched a tendering procedure for a commercial floating offshore wind project off the south of Brittany with a capacity of up to 270 MW.

Illustration; Hywind Scotland, world's first floating offshore wind farm. Source: Equinor

Interested parties have until 1 July, 12 AM local time, to express their interest in participating in the competitive dialogue procedure and submit their applications, Commission de régulation de l’énergie (CRE), said.

The deadline for submitting potential queries is 17 May.

The competitive dialogue procedure will be carried in three phases: the selection of candidates, competitive dialogue, and the tender submission and the selection of the winner.

Under the the Multiannual Energy Programme (Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie), France is in the process of putting 8.75 GW of offshore wind capacity out to tender by 2028.

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This includes the floating wind project in the South Brittany zone off Belle-Île and Île de Groix for which the tendering procedure has now started.

The wind farm will have a minimum capacity of 230 MW and cover an area of up to 200 square kilometres.

France also plans to put a 500 MW floating wind project off Brittany to tender in 2024. The projects are planned to have a shared connection to the grid.