Wind Energy – New Consortium
Energies du Méridien, the name for a new offshore wind consortium by leading developers Corio Generation and Qair, has been selected by the French government to participate in upcoming project tenders totalling about 2.5 GW.
The consortium has been shortlisted by the French Directorate General for Energy and Climate for two fixed-bottom offshore wind tenders that were launched in parallel in December 2022.
The tenders are for the AO7 site off the Ile d’Oléron coast reserved for an installed capacity of about 1,000 MW, as well as the AO8 site off the Normandy coast representing about 1,500 MW.
The Energies du Méridien consortium has been formed to support the acceleration of France’s offshore wind and maritime energy industries. The consortium aims to develop innovative new offshore windfarms and invest in local supply chains and port infrastructure. This will help France meet its net zero by 2050 goal, while creating employment opportunities for local communities.
This is the second consortium Corio and Qair have formed for French offshore wind tenders. Corio and Qair have also joined forces with TotalEnergies to create the floating offshore wind focused AEM consortium, which was selected in August 2022 to participate in two ongoing tenders to develop sites AO5 in Brittany and AO6 in the Mediterranean Sea. This means that Corio and Qair are both part of consortia that have qualified for four separate competitive offshore wind tenders in France.