Offshore energy super-major Total is following Shell and Equinor in bidding to enter the offshore wind energy business.
The oil company is part of a consortium with offshore wind developer Ørsted and renewable energy company Elicio who are bidding to build the Dunkirk offshore windfarm in France.
The consortium is one of a number bidding to build the 600-MW project.
Total president gas, renewables and power Philippe Sauquet said, “Total’s participation in this offshore wind bid is in line with our strategy to develop a low-carbon electricity business in Europe. Our recognised offshore oil and gas know-how combined with Ørsted’s market-leading expertise in offshore wind and Elicio’s experience as a developer provide a solid foundation for a competitive project.”
Ørsted Offshore chief executive Martin Neubert said, “Offshore wind can contribute significantly to France’s renewable energy targets. We bring an unparalleled track-record in developing, constructing and operating offshore windfarms to the consortium and the combined competencies of Ørsted, Total and Elicio are ideal to help France unleash its significant potential for developing clean power from offshore wind.”
Elicio France president Emile Dumont said, “Wind energy has significant growth potential in France and is at the heart of Elicio’s strategy to contribute towards a cleaner and cost-effective energy powered world.”