Vattenfall is teaming up for the Dunkerque wind project, known as Eliade, with Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, a public French financial institution with many years’ experience in financing projects including offshore wind, and WPD, a German wind power developer with a strong position in France.
“France is a very interesting market for Vattenfall’s wind energy operations. To gain a foothold there will allow us to consolidate our position as a leading global developer of offshore wind energy and take us a step further in becoming fossil-free within a generation. A stronger wind presence will also strengthen our supply business in France,” says Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind.
Environmental consideration important criterion
Ten companies, including Vattenfall, have been selected for the project, rated at 250-750 MW, in a prequalification phase in May 2017.
The competitive dialogue phase, during which the participating companies have had dialogue meetings with the French State, has progressed well. Following the end of the dialogue phase, companies will prepare their bids using studies carried out by the French State. These cover the specifications for the wind farm as well as providing access to environmental and technical studies.
The bids will ultimately be judged on three criteria: price, the optimisation of the wind power zone and consideration for the environment. The winner is expected to be announced during the second half of 2018.
The decision to participate in the bid and to invest is subject to the approval of Vattenfall’s Board of Directors.