In a competitive tender to build two floating wind farms in the Mediterranean Sea, a new partnership involving Corio Generation, Qair, and TotalEnergies has been pre-selected.
According to the French Directorate General for Energy and Climate, the two projects, each with a capacity of roughly 250 MW, may provide enough clean energy to cover the yearly electricity needs of close to one million people (DGEC).
The latest call for tenders, according to the consortium of Qair, TotalEnergies, and Corio Generation, will assist France reach its goal of 40GW of offshore wind power by 2050.
The partnership will also work to promote the growth of a regional Mediterranean offshore wind industry value chain.
In order to achieve this, the consortium intends to consult regional stakeholders, support the neighbourhood economy, and guarantee that communities have access to employment opportunities.
According to the consortium, each company will contribute its technological know-how, robust financial standing, and vast offshore wind industry experience.
Jonathan Cole, Corio Generation chief executive, said “We truly believe France can become a world leader in the development of offshore wind.”
“With its deep waters and industrial heritage, the Mediterranean is fantastically placed to benefit from floating wind technology, creating significant job and investment opportunities.”
“Deploying new projects at scale will be critical to realising the full potential of France’s wind resources and unlocking a significant clean, reliable and affordable source of electricity for generations to come.”