French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched a project to install wind turbines at sea, a plan that is intended to generate 3,000 megawatts of wind power and whose cost is around 10,000 million euros.
The installation of about 1,200 wind turbines needed to reach those 6,000 megawatts, which will provide 3.5% of electricity production in France, represents an investment of 20,000 million euros, as calculated by the Executive, which assumes that the extra cost of the electricity the consumer has to pay the contribution to the call to public service.
The first tender, announced yesterday by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, will have a comprehensive package of 3,000 megawatts of wind, for which we have chosen five deployments in the Atlantic coast in total covering an area of 533 square kilometers.
This is Le Tréport (up to 750 megawatts in an area of 110 square kilometers), Fecamp (500 megawatts in 88 square kilometers), Courseulles sur Mer (500 megawatts in 77 square kilometers), Saint Brieuc (500 megawatts to 180 square kilometers) and Saint Nazaire (up to 750 megawatts in 78 square kilometers).
The Ecology Department insisted that France has serious advantages to having a leading role in industrial competition that begins in the offshore wind sector.