France to be EU’s 4th biggest offshore wind producer – study

May 7, 2020 | Montel

(Montel) France is set to become Europe’s fourth biggest offshore wind generator by 2030, with capacity due to climb to 7.4 GW by then from zero now, according to a report by consultants Rystad Energy.

“The development is going full-steam ahead despite any potential cost or supply chain issues from Covid-19,” the report said.

France currently has no installed offshore wind capacity, with its first windfarm (480 MW) due to open off the Brittany coast in 2022.

However, planned auctions totalling 8.75 GW by 2028 would give the country 12.4 GW of allocated capacity by that date – compared to just over 3.5 GW allocated currently – according to the government’s energy roadmap adopted last month, the report noted.

France was already set to install 2.6 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2023 – beating its goal of 2.4 GW by that date – through commissioning the 3.5 GW of projects allocated since 2011, Rystad said.

By 2030, capacity would surpass “that of other well-established offshore wind countries such as Belgium and Denmark, which have 2030 targets of 4 GW and 5.3 GW, respectively.” 

Only the UK, with 40 GW forecast by 2030, Germany (15-20 GW) and the Netherlands (11.5 GW) were expected to generate more offshore wind power than France by then, according to the consultants.

And with an additional 5 GW of capacity lined up for planned tender rounds in 2024 to 2028, France was expected to retain this position “well into the 2030s,” the report added.

The Norwegian firm’s report comes after analysts and industry sources told Montel last month that new wind power projects across Europe could face delays this year due to disruptions in supply chains and construction caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Reporting by:

Sophie Tetrel

12:32, Thursday, 7 May 2020