EDF, Maple Power, and BW Ideol Expand Floating Offshore Wind Partnership in France

BW Ideol has signed an agreement with the consortium made of EDF Renouvelables and Maple Power to cooperate on the design of floating foundations for the AO6 floating offshore wind tender in the French Mediterranean.

This call for tender relates to two sites with a capacity of 250 MW each. Combined, these two projects should produce the equivalent of the domestic electricity consumption of approximately one million inhabitants.

The candidates submitted their pre-selection file on 23 May.

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”This second technological collaboration with the teams of EDF Renouvelables and Maple Power – after an initial cooperation within the framework of the Bretagne Sud call for tenders (AO5) – attests to the complementarity of our respective teams and the excellent collaboration between them,” Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of BW Ideol, said.

”BW Ideol is therefore ready, once the pre-selection of tenderers announced, to work alongside its partners in order to submit the best possible offer.”

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This call for tenders was launched by French Prime Minister Jean Castex on 14 March, a month after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a target of 40 GW of offshore wind power by 2050.

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The winners of these competitive bidding procedures will be selected in 2023 and the two wind farms are expected to be commissioned by 2030.

In total, France plans to spend up to EUR 300 million to support the development of the floating offshore wind industry as part of the France 2030 initiative.

The tenders are part of a wider plan by the French government which aims to allocate around 2 GW of offshore wind capacity per year from 2025 to reach 20 GW of auctioned off capacity by 2030, 18 GW of operational capacity by 2035, and 40 GW of operational capacity by 2040.

EDF Renouvelables is a subsidiary of the EDF group, and Maple Power is a joint venture between CPP Investments and Enbridge Inc.

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Photo: Illustration; BW Ideol