After lengthy public debates, France confirmed its intention to launch a tender for a 1GW wind farm off the coast of Normandy at the end of this year, with the result expected only in 2022.

To avoid further conflicts with competing interests at sea, what will be the eighth French offshore wind farm when operational will be built further away from shore than earlier arrays at about 32km to 40km from the coast and outside French territorial waters.

“The development of offshore wind power is a great societal project that cannot be decided in a Parisian office,” said French minister of the sea, Annick Girardin.