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Vattenfall is teaming up for the Dunkerque offshore wind project, known as Eliade, with Caisse des Dépôts, a public French financial institution, and WPD. It is the third time that the French government has made sites available for offshore wind tenders.

Ten companies have been selected for the project, rated at 250-750 MW, in a prequalification phase in May 2017, including Vattenfall. The competitive dialogue phase, during which the participating companies have had dialogue meetings with the French State, has progressed well. Following the end of the dialogue phase, companies will prepare their bids using studies carried out by the French State. These cover the specifications for the wind farm as well as providing access to environmental and technical studies. The bids will ultimately be judged on three criteria: price, the optimization of the wind power zone and consideration for the environment. The winner is expected to be announced during the second half of this year.