February 27 (Renewables Now) - The 496 MW offshore wind farm project at Dieppe - Le Treport in France has cleared another development milestone obtaining use permits for the maritime public domain in the prefectures of Seine-Maritime and Somme.
Yesterday, Fabienne Buccio, the prefect of Seine-Maritime and the Normandy Region, and Muriel Nguyen, the prefect of Somme, issued the permits that will allow the construction of the wind turbines and associated electrical connection to the grid.
The special purpose vehicle which is developing the offshore wind farm - Eoliennes en Mer Dieppe Le Treport (EMDT), has French utility Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) as its main shareholder with a 31% stake. In December 2018, Japan’s Sumitomo Corp (TYO:8053) entered the project buying a 29.5% stake from Portuguese utility Energias de Portugal SA (ELI:EDP), which remained in the project also with a 29.5% interest. The last investor in the project is la Banque des Territoires, part of French bank Caisse des depots (CDC), with an interest of 10%.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) is providing the 62 wind turbines of 8 MW each.
Commissioning is scheduled for 2023 and once up and running, the offshore wind farm is expected to churn out about 2,000 GWh of electricity per year.