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Engie, EDPR, Sumitomo Pact to Build French Offshore Wind Farms

December 19, 2018

Image: EDP Renewables

French utility Engie and Spanish partner EDP Renovaveis (EDPR) announced their alliance with the Japanese group Sumitomo Corporation (SSUMF) to build the French offshore wind farms of Dieppe-Le Tréport and Yeu-Noirmoutier.

As part of the alliance, Sumitomo Corporation acquires a 29.5% equity stake in the French offshore projects (Dieppe Le Tréport and Yeu Noirmoutier) and will bring to the consortium its proven and complementary offshore wind expertise in terms of development, construction and operation.

ENGIE remains the reference shareholder with a 31% stake and the leading industrial player of both parks (496 MW each), in partnership with EDPR (29,5%) and La Banque des Territoires (part of Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, 10%).

Sumitomo Corporation is a leading Japanese industrial group already strongly positioned in the wind energy sector in Japan, Europe, United-States, South-Africa and China. The company is also part of some major offshore wind projects in Belgium and in the United Kingdom, totaling an installed capacity of over 1.5 GW1.1

Sumitomo Corp is also one of ENGIE’s long-time trusted partners and co-investors in desalination and geothermal projects in the Middle-East and Indonesia.

Socio-industrial commitments remain confirmed. This new alliance underlines the attractiveness of the French offshore wind market and the implementation of a French Marine energy sector.

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