BlueFloat Energy, Sumitomo Corporation and Akuo consortium prequalifies for the latest floating offshore wind tender off the Mediterranean coast in France


Marseille, 2 August 2022 – The BlueFloat Energy, Sumitomo Corporation and Akuo consortium is delighted to be prequalified for the 6th offshore wind tender off the French Mediterranean coast (AO6). The two projects, with 250MW of planned capacity each, represent a unique opportunity to achieve France’s recently announced 40GW target of offshore wind power by 2050.

For this tender, BlueFloat Energy, Sumitomo Corporation and Akuo have formed a partnership with the aim of:

  • Combining their complementary capabilities and expertise in offshore wind with projects under development in France (992MW with Yeu-Noirmoutier & Dieppe-Le Tréport projects) and globally with more than 20GW.
  • Acting as a catalyser for the local supply chain development by deploying a strategic vision for the Mediterranean region that builds on our local combined pipeline of more than 8GW of floating wind projects; 
  • Capitalizing on a unique expertise in developing floating offshore wind projects with a nuanced understanding of the technology, with currently 18 projects under development globally
  • Developing a project embedded in the territory building on the strong local team based in Occitania and Marseille and track record of renewable energy deployment in France. More than 423 MWc of renewables are operated or developed by the partners in the two Regions of the tender.

AO6 prequalification announcement represents the start of the next phase in the tender process, the so-called competitive dialogue, allowing pre-qualified bidders and the French government to jointly outline the detailed criteria of the tender rules as well as to fine tune the areas where the projects will be located.

This tender round was launched in the framework of France´s determination to place offshore wind power at the core of its energy transition strategy. The two 250MW projects, with potential for extensions, are expected to be awarded in 2023 and commissioned by 2030.


About BlueFloat Energy

BlueFloat Energy is developing offshore wind projects in various regions of the world, where it can implement its vision: to accelerate global deployment of offshore wind as a key enabler for the energy transition and economic growth. Founded by renewable energy professionals, BlueFloat Energy brings together remarkable team expertise in the design, development, financing, construction and execution of offshore wind projects. With a global pipeline of over 22 GW, BlueFloat Energy is developing more than 18 floating wind projects globally, for a capacity of 14GW.

BlueFloat Energy is supported by 547 Energy, the Quantum Energy Partners’ platform dedicated to clean energy investments. 547 Energy aims to partner with innovative companies who drive the growth of the green energy economy. Quantum Energy Partners is one of the world’s leading dedicated energy investment funds, with a portfolio of over $ 17 billion of assets under management since its inception in 1998.

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About Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation (“SC”) is a leading Fortune 500 global trading and business investment company with 131 locations (Japan: 20, Overseas: 111) in 66 countries and regions. The entire SC Group consists of 893companies. SC conducts commodity transactions in all industries utilizing worldwide networks, provides customers with financing, serves as an organizer and a coordinator for various projects, and invests in companies to promote greater growth potential. SC’s core business areas include six business units: Metal Products; Transportation & Construction Systems; Infrastructure; Media & Digital; Living Related & Real Estate; and Mineral Resources, Energy, Chemical & Electronics, and one initiative: Energy Innovation.

Our corporate message, “Enriching lives and the world”, was created to encapsulate our vision for sustainability in the next 100 years. Our business, as well as our relationship with our stakeholders, has expanded on a global scale. Our mission is to grow sustainably alongside society, pursue development for the world, and enable better lives for all.

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About Akuo

Akuo is an independent global renewable energy producer and developer. The company is present across the entire value chain, including project development, financing, construction, and operation. Akuo had invested more than EUR 2.8 billion as of end 2021 and currently has a total capacity of 1.4 GW in operation or under construction and 7 GW of projects under development. With more than 450 employees, the Group, headquartered in Paris, France, has a presence in 15 countries around the world.

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