EDF’s renewables subsidiary has formed a partnership with US energy firm Enbridge to develop, construct and operate three French offshore wind farms.
EDF Energies Nouvelles, the EDF Group arm dedicated to renewable energy, says the deal involves US energy firm Enbridge taking a 50% stake in Eolien Maritime France (EMF), the company controlling the three future offshore wind farms. EDF Energies Nouvelles and Enbridge will be co-owners of EMF. The three wind farms will have a total capacity of 1,400MW.
The two energy giants have already worked together on four wind farms in Canada.
The three wind farms include two in the English Channel: Eoliennes Offshore des Hautes Falaises, with an expected capacity of 498MW off the coast of Fécamp, and Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados, with an expected capacity of 450MW off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer. Parc du Banc de Guérande, with an expected capacity of 480MW, is off the coast of Saint-Nazaire on the Atlantic coast. Construction is scheduled to start next year.
“Our subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles and Enbridge will work together to drive the future of the French offshore industry. The vision we share in development strategy and the complementary nature of our combined expertise will be the foundation to a strong collaboration,” said EDF president and chief executive Jean-Bernard Lévy.
“These major future wind farms will provide to our customers a low-carbon, reliable and decentralised energy. This is a fine example of what the Energy Transition for Green Growth law is trying to promote in France and it fits perfectly with CAP 2030, the strategy of the group for the forthcoming years which aims at doubling its renewable energy capacity by 2030.”