PARIS, April 5 French state-owned power company
EDF, in partnership with Alstom, has been
selected to build three of five offshore wind-farm sites in a
government tender, Le Figaro reported on Thursday.
EDF won the tender for sites at Saint-Nazaire,
Courseulles-sur-Mer, and Fécamp, according to the newspaper,
which did not cite its sources.
A fourth wind-farm at Saint-Brieuc will be built by Spain's
Iberdrola, in conjunction with nuclear energy
But the tender offer for the fifth site at Tréport was
unsuccessful, the paper said. As a result, France's GDF
and Germany's Siemens will not be awarded any of the
The 10 billion-euro ($13.3 billion) project will create
France's first offshore wind farms with as many as 600 turbines
and 3 gigawatts of capacity in the project's first phase off the
Normandy and Brittany coasts.
France lags behind in Europe in wind power and these
projects aim to help close the gap with other European countries
as well as reduce its dependence on nuclear power.
(Reporting by Leila Abboud)