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French firms team up for offshore wind bid

Three major French firms — contractor Vinci, power firm GDF Seuz, and state-owned finance firm CDC Infrastructure — have submitted a joint bid to build up to 3GW of offshore wind capacity off the coast of northern France.

The consortium is bidding on four of the five development zones indentified by the French government off Brittany in northern France (see box).

If selected the consortium will use nuclear reactor vendor firm Areva and engineering giant Siemens in their supply chain and estimates that 80% of the contract values will be kept in France.

Offshore wind farms in the UK have been criticised in the past for importing up to 80% of services and equipment.

Selected French offshore wind farm zones

Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados - 420MW to 500MW installed capacity

Dieppe-Le Tréport, in Seine-Maritime - 600MW to 750 MW

Fécamp, Seine-Maritime - 600MW to 750 MW

Saint-Brieuc, in Côtes d’Armor - 480MW to 500 MW

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