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2 Jul 2020 - 1 Sep 2020
Virtual Mission Offshore Wind Energy France

Market information Offshore Wind in France

France was late out of the starting blocks but has now tipped to become one of the world’s leading offshore wind markets. As part of its ambitious energy transition plan, the French Government is planning to release tenders for for 8.75 GW of offshore wind energy capacity in the period up to 2028, including several commercial tenders for floating wind. This comes in addition to seven bottom-fixed projects and four demo project for floating wind already under development.

In total, France has now made legal commitments to increase installed offshore wind capacity with 1 GW annually to 2.4 GW by 2023, and 5.2 GW by 2028. Along with high ambitions and several tenders, important adjustments have been made to simplify tender and planning processes, making it easier for international actors to participate.

In order to identify the opportunities for Dutch developers and suppliers in the French offshore wind market the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Paris and the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) in Nantes published in February 2020 the French Offshore Wind Market Status Outlook and opportunities.

The study is composed of 2 different sections:

This is the final report of the study. It is composed of 2 different sections:

    • Introduction to the French market dynamics: current and future projects
      • Overview of a typical offshore wind project lifecycle: regulatory, processes and legal recourses
      • Introduction note about multiyear energy plan PPE
      • Appendices:
        • 6 offshore wind A4 recto-verso for awarded projects + 1 for Dunkirk + 1 for Oléron + macro-zones
        • 4 floating offshore wind A4 recto-verso for awarded pilot farm projects + 1 for South Brittany tender + macro-zones
        • Concise summaries for the following ports including planned infrastructure upgrades: Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Saint-Nazaire, Brest, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Dunkerque.
    • Description of the French supply chain – Gaps and opportunities
      • List most important French players/suppliers by supply chain category
      • Identify the local actors / decision makers / business clusters

The full report is only available upon request. For more information and a copy, please contact Adriana Voerman (Adriana.voerman@minbuza.nl)

Offshore wind projects in Le Havre region

Le Havre region is the French territory at the forefront of the offshore wind sector.

Situated at the heart of the three Norman offshore wind parks of Fécamp, Courseulle and Dieppe Le Tréport (for a total of over 1.4GW capacity), Le Havre and the Normandy region have been working for several years to develop a state of the art industrial sector for wind energy.

Le Havre welcomes the largest industrial project in renewable energies in France: a unique production site from SIEMENS GAMESA where blades as well as nacelles will be produced to equip 4 of the 5 French windfarms under development.

The construction of this industrial complex of several hundreds of millions of Euros, is starting right now on a 36ha piece of land on the port of Le Havre. GTM Normandie Centre, a subsidiary of Vinci has been awarded the construction.

The port of Le Havre also welcomes the Bouygues TP / SAIPEM / Boskalis consortium in charge of the production of the gravity based foundations for the offshore wind farm of Fécamp situated around 30 km from Le Havre.

EDF WPD and Enbridge are responsible for the installation and the operation of the wind farm of Fécamp & Courseulle and will operate maintenance through a base they are developing in Fécamp (100 to 110 jobs)

In addition to the activities developed around Le Havre the Normandy region is also home to another blade production facility in Cherbourg (LM WIND) and the Port of Cherbourg will also be an installation hub for the Normandy offshore win farms.

On 8 July these major industrial projects will represent amazing opportunities and contracts for suppliers in Normandy but also for their international partners, among which we hope a handful of Dutch companies.


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