Total and Ørsted's French tender partnership continues

The two companies will again submit a joint bid in France's coming offshore wind tender – but they also eye partnerships in other countries. If the French oil company shows interest in developing wind in Ørsted's own backyard, though, that would be an entirely different story.

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France's public tender for offshore wind project Dunkerque was noteworthy in several senses – primarily because the EDF-led consortium's winning bid for EUR 44 per MWh was the lowest to date, but also as the broad field of bidders included a consortium consisting of Ørsted and Total.

This was also the first time the Danish utility collaborated with an oil company on a wind bid, while the French oil and gas supermajor showed its first-ever interest in co-developing such a large offshore wind project. Even though the partnership didn't end up winning the day, their collaboration was not entirely in vain, as both parties intend to reapply the model.

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