BayWa r.e., a global company specializing in renewable energy, and Elicio, an international producer of onshore and offshore wind energy, have been shortlisted to participate in the bidding process for a floating offshore wind power project in the French waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This is the third floating offshore project developed jointly by the two companies. They have also been shortlisted for a tender in southern French Brittany, as well as being the successful bidders for a nearly 1GW project at the NE8 site as part of the ScotWind auction, which took place earlier this year. To advance the development process, BayWa r.e. and Elicio will be able to draw on their local bases and expertise, particularly in Toulouse, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Marseille and Aix-en-Provence.
With this, the two companies now have a total of 1.7 GW of jointly developed offshore wind energy projects. One of them, Buchan Offshore Wind, located in Scotland and with a capacity of about 1 GW, is scheduled to be connected to the grid by 2030. The two companies are also prequalified for a tender in southern French Brittany, a 250 MW project off Lorient. Bids are due to be submitted early next year and the winner will be selected in early 2023.
Felipe Cornago, Commercial Director Offshore Wind at BayWa r.e.: "We are very pleased to strengthen our partnership with Elicio, replicating the success we have achieved with the French Brittany and ScotWind auctions. Our participation in the Mediterranean tender reinforces our commitment and aspiration to become a key player in offshore wind. In addition to expanding our team, collaborations like this are imperative to achieve our goals in the offshore space."
Aldrik de Fombelle, Offshore Wind Development Director at Elicio: "Offshore wind projects are first and foremost regional projects. The Mediterranean is a maritime area rich in biodiversity, where humans have fished and sailed for thousands of years. This is why we want to develop projects in harmony with local ecosystems, particularly industrial and environmental ones, sea users and all stakeholders."
This new commercial tender envisages the construction of two wind farms, located off the coast of La Narbonnaise and the Gulf of Fos, each with a capacity of 250 MW. They will be located more than 22 km off the coast and will occupy an area of approximately 50 km². In addition, an expansion of 500 MW is planned for each plant. The winners of the tender will be announced in 2023, and the wind farms are expected to be operational in 2030.
Corentin Sivy, Director of Wind Projects at BayWa r.e. France: "This second commercial tender for floating wind power places France among the most advanced countries in this technology. The Mediterranean basin, with its three pilot projects, should become a center of excellence for this modality, by developing the skills of its local industry and creating jobs in the area."