Corio Generation, a portfolio company of Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG), and France’s Qair have secured the right to bid in tenders for 2.5 GW of offshore wind projects in French waters aimed to be completed by 2032.
The partners have formed a consortium dubbed Energies du Meridien through which they will participate in the competitive rounds, they said on Monday.
The new consortium is among the shortlisted candidates that were selected by the French Directorate General for Energy and Climate to bid in the tenders for the Atlantic (AO7) and (AO8) projects. The schemes will be located off Ille d’Oleron and Normandy and will add 1 GW and 1.5 GW of capacity, respectively. Both of them will use fixed-bottom foundation technology.
The allocation for the two projects will take place at the beginning of 2024. Energies du Meridien aims to develop innovative new offshore wind farms and invest in local supply chains and port infrastructure.
“We are convinced that Energies du Meridien’s competitive offer will bring a new robust foundation to the emerging edifice of a French offshore wind industry,” said Guirec Dufour, managing director of Qair France.
France has set a goal of installing 40 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2050.
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