EDF and Alstom chosen for French offshore wind tenders

French state owned utility EDF and Alstom are part of a consortium that has won three projects in the tender launched by the French government to install offshore wind turbines off the coast of the country.

The new projects are designed to put the end of French renewable energy capacity deficit, as well as reduce the country’s reliance on nuclear power.

EnergyMarketPrice reports that the 10 billion-euro ($13.3 billion) wind power project is aimed to create France's first offshore wind farms with as many as 600 wind turbines and 3 GW of wind farm capacity in the project's first phase off the Normandy and Brittany coasts.

The tender was launched last July, involving a maximum capacity of 3000 MW, as an effort to boost France’s renewable power to meet 23 per cent of energy demand by 2020.

The project will be implemented in 2013 with the start of recruitment and installation of the first factories in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg, while production is due to start in 2014. The EDF consortium plans to install Alstom's Haliade, the largest offshore wind turbine in the world with a diameter of 150 metres, nearly half the size of the Eiffel tower.

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