France launches a 500MW floating wind tender

Updated: Apr 6

The French government has launched a 500MW floating wind tender in the Mediterranean Sea. It includes for the two new 250MW projects.

The tender was announced by French Prime Minister Jean Castex and the Minister for the Ecologic Transition Barbara Pompili.

The tender for the new wind farms will open in March.

As per the authorities, the two projects will be located off the coast of Narbonnaise and off the Gulf of Fos. The projects are based at a minimum distance of 22 kilometers from the coast.

According to the reports, "the projects also include the option for a further 500MW capacity expansion for both farms."

It has been informed that the installations will generate power to cover around 10% of total electricity consumption of the Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur régions.

The latest development comes at a time when the French government and the wind sector have agreed to develop 2GW/year of offshore wind from 2025.

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