France’s National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) confirmed to Recharge that it has started a preliminary investigation into alleged irregularities during the allocation of the Saint Brieuc offshore wind project during a tendering process in 2012.

The 496MW project, which is currently fully owned by Iberdrola unit Ailes Marine, has been under constant attack from fishermen at the Bay of Saint-Brieuc in the English Channel, who fear it could disrupt the local scallop trade.

The prosecutor is studying the tender award after a complaint lodged by the Côtes-d'Armor fisheries committee, who claim there was an infringement of the equality of candidates, which led an Iberdrola-led consortium winning the bid, according to French news agency AFP.