France's energy and environment minister Segolene Royal on Wednesday announced a tender for the development of an offshore wind project off the island of Oleron.
The zone for the wind farm and its connection to the grid will be determined in continued consultation with local stakeholders.
This tender is in addition to the tender for an offshore wind development zone off the coast of Dunkirk, unveiled in April. France previously ran two offshore wind tenders in 2011 and 2013, awarding 2 GW and 1 GW, respectively.
The ministry said the newly announced tender is part of the country's multiyear programme for energy investments that calls for at least 70 GW of renewables capacity by 2023 and was promulgated in the state gazette in October.
The project off Oleron will benefit from the new "competitive dialogue" procedure designed to lower costs and reduce red tape.