February 28 (Renewables Now) - German energy group E.on SE (ETR:EOAN) is joining the consortium of France’s Engie (EPA:ENGI) and EDP Renewables to bid in the Dunkirk offshore wind tender.
The partners will together submit a bid for the 500-MW offshore wind zone off the coast of Dunkirk, northern France, as part of the Dunkerque Eoliennes en Mer consortium, Engie announced on Wednesday.
"E.on’s arrival in the Dunkerque Eoliennes en Mer consortium reinforces the technical excellence of our project," said Spyridon Martinis, chief development officer and chief operating officer Offshore of EDP Renewables.
A winner in the tender is expected to be selected in mid-2019, with the goal of commissioning the wind farm in 2022.
Among the parties planning to bid in the tender are also the Vents de Dunkerque consortium formed by Dutch utility Eneco, compatriot Van Oord, Canada’s Boralex (TSE:BLX) and Diamond Generating Europe, a unit of Mitsubishi Corp (TYO:8058), and an industrial partnership named Moulins de Flandre, comprising oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA), France’s Quadran and Belgian marine contractor DEME. Last week, Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and French oil and gas giant Total (EPA:FP) joined Belgium's Elicio to launch a joint bid in the competition.