EDF, wpd and Alstom cooperate for France’s second offshore tender

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013 - 14:30

EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) and wpd offshore have announced the signing of a partnership agreement. The agreement formalizes both groups’ decision to combine their expertise in the French government’s second call for offshore wind tenders. Alstom will be the exclusive partner for the supply of wind turbines.

EDF EN and wpd pursue the alliance forged with Alstom in 2011 for the supply of Haliade 150-6MW turbines to be manufactured in France at Alstom’s four future plants in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg. The partners will be able to expand the breadth and depth of the industrial project initiated at the time of the first tender, thereby coming closer in case of success to the critical size required to sustain this industrial sector over the long term.

With this partnership, EDF EN and wpd will pool their know-how and their human and financial resources through a joint company in which EDF EN will hold a controlling interest. The partners aim to develop a technically and financially competitive bid for the second offshore wind energy call for tenders launched by the French Government. They will rely on the agreements signed with Alstom to propose the Haliade 150-6MW French-made wind turbine especially designed for offshore wind farms.

“We are very pleased to partner with a recognised European player in the field of offshore wind energy. The expertise of wpd offshore in project development and its knowledge of local challenges, associated to our industrial know-how as well as our experience as a green electricity producer are decisive advantages”, declared Yvon André, COO of EDF EN. “After several years of working together, we can capitalise on our day-to-day collaboration and mutual trust to build a reliable bid for the French government’s second tender”.

“We are delighted that the partnership will continue, as it flows naturally from our fruitful association during the first call for tenders”, added Vincent Balès, CEO of wpd offshore France. “We are benefiting from the creation of mixed development and engineering teams dedicated to the French projects and already established work modes. This solid organisation gives us a head start and allows us to concentrate on developing a competitive bid. We are relying on our complementary expertise, which has been considerably consolidated on both sides in the last two years, thanks to new offshore wind farms completed in Europe by the two groups”.

“After winning the first tender alongside EDF Energies Nouvelles and wpd offshore which share our vision and ambitions for the development of offshore wind energy, we are proud of this collaboration which reflects our partners’ confidence in the Alstom technology. This will to allow further strengthen the ties created since the beginning of our partnership”, declared Jérôme Pécresse, President of Alstom Renewable Power. “Having obtained the power curve certification of our Haliade 150- MW in early May, we will be in a position to supply the most efficient offshore turbines on the market today”.

Katharina Garus

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