Corio, Qair, TotalEnergies pre-selected in French floating wind tender

An MHI Vestas floating wind turbine. Source: BW Ideol.

August 3 (Renewables Now) - London-based Corio Generation, France’s Qair and TotalEnergies SE (EPA:TTE) today confirmed they have been prequalified to take part in an upcoming 500-MW floating wind tender in France.

The partners will launch joint bids for two schemes in the Mediterranean Sea, each with a capacity of 250 MW. The capacity will be sited in two designated areas off Narbonne and off the Gulf of Fos, with each plant expected to be capable of generating electricity for almost one million people per year.

Both wind farms could be later expanded to 750 MW, the government announced separately.

The tie-up between Corio, Qair and TotalEnergies was selected by the French Directorate General for Energy and Climate (DGEC) together with 12 other candidates to proceed to the next phase of the bidding process. The outcome of the tender should be unveiled by the end of 2023.

“With its deep waters and industrial heritage, the Mediterranean is fantastically placed to benefit from floating wind technology, creating significant job and investment opportunities,” said Jonathan Cole, CEO of Corio.

Corio, a portfolio company of Macquarie Group's Green Investment Group (GIG), power producer Qair and energy major TotalEnergies are already partnering in a 250-MW floating wind project off South France’s South Brittany. Corio and TotalEnergies are separately developing 6.5 GW of offshore wind projects in the UK and South Korea.

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