A joint venture company called Normandie Hydrolienne has been formed with the intent of developing a large-scale tidal power project in Raz Blanchard, Normandie.
The company was formed by SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Development Agency for Normandy (AD Normandy), the regional agency for economic development in Normandy, and regional investment fund Normandie Participations.
SIMEC Atlantic Energy says, “Normandie Hydrolienne has been established with the intention of eventually harnessing up to 2 GW of power from the Alderney Race, the eight-mile strait that runs between Alderney and La Hague, France, as well as more than 1 GW of resource from adjacent concessions under the control of the States of Alderney.”
Work to develop the proposed Raz Blanchard project includes:
Investigating the techno-economic feasibility of a multi-hundred-megawatt tidal energy project to be located in Raz Blanchard initially, which could be expanded into an even larger project making use of all of the unexploited resource present in the Alderney Race
Determining if it is possible to deliver energy profitably at a price that is less than the current offshore wind feed-in tariff of €150/MWh (for projects to be delivered between 2021 and 2023)
Preparing an application for consent to build the tidal project in Raz Blanchard and work closely with ADEME (the administrator for all required consents for deployment, operation and construction for tidal power in France) and all related government ministries to obtain all relevant approvals
Seeking to build a demonstration array in Raz Blanchard using AR2000 2-MW horizontal-axis turbines built in France, with timing of commission to depend on consenting, permitting and financing
Having a full array online by 2024
More immediately, Normandie Hydrolienne will establish a commercial presence in Normandy and begin work to identify a suitable site for turbine assembly, production and commissioning.