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BayWa and Elicio win up-to-270MW French floating tender

RICHARD HEAP

May 16, 2024

The French government has picked BayWa and Elicio to develop an up-to-270MW floating wind farm off the coast of Brittany in northern France.

France launched its AO5 competitive tender in 2021 for the Pennavel floating wind project, for which it has been seeking headline capacity of between 230MW and 270MW. It has now awarded BayWa and Elicio a long-term Contract for Difference for the scheme, which is also set to benefit from a secured grid connection with French transmission system operator RTE.

Alain Janssens, chief executive of Elicio, said: “Armed with our pioneering experience in offshore and building on our successful onshore wind track record in France, we are confident that we will contribute to the success of competitive floating offshore projects in France, combining sound project execution with a unique local footprint. Elicio is proud to add this French project to its extensive portfolio of offshore wind projects in Belgium and Scotland.”

Matthias Taft, chief executive of BayWa, said: “We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with the region and all stakeholders in support of the energy transition. It is a proud moment for the consortium, and as we begin a new chapter for BayWa r.e. in the floating offshore industry, we are excited to be working on such a game-changing project, which will act as a reference point for future floating wind farms across the globe.”