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France prepares for 1.5 gigawatts wind project off Normandy coast

January 04, 2022

France is opening a period of public consultation on a second wind farm project located within the ‘Centre Manche’ zone offshore Normandy.

The Centre Manche covers an area of 500 square kilometres in the Channel off the Cotentin Peninsula which was identified in 2020.

The competitive tendering procedure for the first wind farm within the area followed soon after and six companies and consortia were selected to compete for the right to build the project with a capacity of between 900 MW and 1,050 MW.

The winner of this tender is scheduled to be announced by the end of 2022, and the wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned by 2028.

The second offshore wind farm within Centre Manche will have a maximum capacity of 1.5 GW and cover approximately 260 square kilometres.

The project, located 40-50 kilometres east of the Manche department, is expected to be awarded through a tendering procedure in 2023.

[Adnan Durakovic]

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