Wind speeds around the island of Île d’Yeu, off France’s west coast, are being measured by leading French wind energy developer, Nass & Wind. The company has installed a lidar device on the island’s aerodrome to collect wind speed data, as part of its preparations for the French government’s second call for bids for offshore wind projects.
The second tender is scheduled for late this year, although some have suggested it risks being postponed until early 2013.
Announcing installation of the lidar, Nass & Wind Offshore said the device would act as "a competitive edge … as part of the discussions with energy providers and industrial partners with whom the company is considering to answer the second call for tenders".
Companies with a track record of successfully identifying sites in French waters suitable for offshore wind development, such as Nass & Wind and WPD, are talking with larger players about establishing consortia that will bid for projects during the second tender round.
Nass & Wind was one of the winners in France’s first offshore wind tender, having joined forces with EDF, Dong, Alstom and WPD. The consortium won the right to proceed with three projects, including the 480MW Saint Nazaire wind farm, which was developed by Nass & Wind.