November 22 (Renewables Now) - Oil major Shell, France’s Quadran and Belgian marine contractor DEME have joined hands in a new partnership that will bid to develop a 500-MW offshore wind zone off the coast of Dunkirk, northern France.
The trio will take part in the tender through an industrial partnership named Moulins de Flandre, they said in a joint statement on Thursday. The call for tender to pre-selected candidates in connection with the development of the offshore wind farm was opened last week, giving candidates four months to make their offers.
A winner in the tender is expected to be selected in mid-2019, with the goal of commissioning the wind farm in 2022. According to French daily Les Echos, ten consortia will compete in the tender, including French EDF, Engie (with Portuguese EDPR) and Spanish Iberdrola, already winners in previous tenders. Sweden's Vattenfall, Norway's Equinor, Canada's Boralex and Belgium's Elicio are also among the pre-selected candidates.
According to the press release, DEME was preselected by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for the project. If fully developed, the project will create about 150 local jobs related to a planned operations and maintenance (O&M) base in Dunkirk over the 25-year lifespan of the wind park.