Dong Energy has revealed it will not participate in France's second offshore tender launched last month. The announcement raises questions about how Dong’s first round partner, EDF, will approach the second tender and about the relationship between the two companies.
"We are focused on developing the three projects we are involved in on the French west coast. Investment decisions for new projects in France are not in our current plans and we thereby don't plan on placing a bid for the Round 2 projects," a Dong spokesperson told Windpower Offshore. The decision is an interesting one, given Dong's high-profile policy of maximising its offshore wind development pipeline in order to ensure it remains the world's leading developer.
Dong’s partnership with EDF during France’s first tender proved highly successful, with the two companies winning three out of four concessions, in conjunction with WPD Offshore and Nass & Wind. The three projects represent almost 1.5GW in capacity, which is due to come online before 2020.
EDF and WPD have previously indicated that they intend to participate in the second round, probably in partnership. The second tender will see development rights granted two projects of up to 500MW each. These will be at Le Tréport, in the Channel, and near the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier in the Atlantic.
Other companies expected to bid during the second tender include Iberdrola, Eole-RES, Nass&Wind Offshore, GDF-Suez, Neoen and EDP Renewables.