* Bidding deadline expires on Friday at 1300 GMT
* French gvt this year launched second tender for 1,000 MW
PARIS Nov 29 EDF Energies Nouvelles
said on Friday it had submitted two bids in a second French
tender for offshore wind power capacity as the country seeks to
become a leading player in the sector and cut its reliance on
EDF Energies Nouvelles has joined with Germany's WPD
Offshore to compete for the contract with a consortium of GDF
Suez, Portugal's EDP Renovaveis and France's
The deadline for the bids is 1300 GMT on Friday.
The French government launched the second tender earlier
this year to build 1,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind
capacity, the equivalent of one nuclear reactor.
The winning bidder would install and operate turbines able
to produce 500 MW off Le Treport in northern France and 500 MW
off the islands of Noirmoutier and Yeu.
EDF Energies Nouvelles will propose 6-megawatt Alstom wind
turbines while GDF Suez will, according to French daily Les
Echos, offer 8-MW Areva turbines.
The French energy regulator, CRE, will have four months to
analyse the offers and deliver its opinion to the government,
which will then pick the winner.
The project, which is expected to kick off in 2021, should
generate 3.5 billion euros ($4.76 billion) of investment with an
annual cost of 500 million euros, paid for by consumers through
their power bills.
France has set a target to build 6,000 MW in offshore wind
capacity as part of a wider target for renewable energy to cover
23 percent of its energy consumption by 2020.
The first tender launched in 2012 was for 2,000 MW. French
state-owned utility EDF and Alstom came out
as winners of three, and Spain's Iberdrola along with
French nuclear reactor maker Areva took the fourth.
($1 = 0.7353 euros)
(Reporting by Benjamin Mallet; writing by Muriel Boselli;
editing by Tom Pfeiffer)