French government to seek bids for first offshore windfarmsNews // January 26, 2011
Bloomberg News reports that the French government will seek bidders to build the country’s first offshore windpower facilities, a project requiring total investment of Euros 10 billion (US$13.6 billion).
President Nicolas Sarkozy said tenders will go out in the second quarter for power- generation projects supplying 3,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, Sarkozy said in a speech in the western coastal town of Saint-Nazaire. EDF Energies Nouvelles SA and Alstom SA have announced preparations for a bid.
“This new sector will represent 10,000 jobs,” Sarkozy said. The government prefers the tenders to come from French companies, he told workers as he visited a shipyard.
The projects represent the first half of the 6,000MW of offshore wind energy that France plans to have in place by 2020.
The president said the government will “take the time” to create the offshore wind-power industry. Wind turbines are planned for five sites off the country’s Atlantic coastline. The government will announce the winning bids by the beginning of 2012, Sarkozy said.