EDF Group Signs a Strategic Partnership for the Three First Offshore Wind Farms Projects off the French Coast

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Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados offshore wind farm.

EDF Energies Nouvelles, EDF Group subsidiary dedicated to renewable energy, is announcing a new partnership agreement with Enbridge Inc., a leader in the North American energy sector, including renewable energy. The agreement covers the development, construction and operation of three French offshore wind farms, totaling 1,400 MW of installed capacity.

Through this agreement, Enbridge acquires a 50% stake in Eolien Maritime France (EMF), the company controlling the three future offshore wind farms. EDF Energies Nouvelles and Enbridge will be co-owners (50/50) of EMF.

Enbridge Inc., a North American leader in energy transportation, distribution and generation, has a strong ambition in renewable energy with 2,000 MW of net capacity projects already in operation or construction. Since 2012, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Enbridge have been engaged in a successful partnership in Canada, where they operate jointly four wind farms, totalling 830 MW of installed capacity. With this further partnership, Enbridge is growing its presence in offshore wind power in the European market.

Pursuant to the first call for tenders organised by French authorities, EDF Energies Nouvelles’ subsidiary, EMF, was awarded 3 offshore wind projects in 2012:

  • Eoliennes Offshore des Hautes Falaises, with an expected capacity of 498 MW off the coast of Fécamp (English Channel) ;
  • Parc du Banc de Guérande, with an expected capacity of 480 MW off the coast of Saint-Nazaire (Atlantic coast) ;
  • Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados, with an expected capacity of 450 MW off the coast of Courseulles-sur- Mer (English Channel).

Following an extensive local consultation and broad engineering and environmental studies performed since 2011, these three projects are progressing as planned. Construction is expected to start gradually from 2017.

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