This wind farm project is planned to be located at sea, about 10 kilometres off the coast between Dunkerque and the Belgian border. It is expected to consist of about 50 wind turbines on an area of 50 square kilometres. The planned production of this wind farm is estimated at 2.3 TWh of electricity per year, and should cover the equivalent of the annual consumption of almost one million inhabitants (which represents one-third of the population of the « Nord department »).

On Monday 10th of May of 2021, after 3 months of public debate, the French Minister for Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, came to confirm this project, which should see the light by 2027, also recalling that wind energy is a source of renewable energy, competitive, as well as creating jobs in France. Nevertheless, this project is facing a large wave of opponents who demanded a local referendum so that the inhabitants can give their opinion on this important project. Opponents claim that the project will harm biodiversity, a point on which the Minister also stated that she was aware that this area had significant biodiversity (particularly for birds) and that she expected the project owners to be "exemplary in their respect for biodiversity".

The project leaders, aware of the opposition, assured that they would continue to discuss the project with the inhabitants during its development, particularly during the public enquiry which should be held in 2022. The project director, Xavier Arnould, also specified that the details of the project were not yet fixed, but also mentioned accompanying measures. It seems that the ambition of the project is based on a real exchange with the population and not on a confrontation.

However, on Monday 12th of July of 2021, a new twist emerged: The Belgian State (the Flemish region as well as the municipality of La Panne) filed a petition for the cancellation of the project before the Administrative Court of Lille. However, Belgium wishes to make it clear that it is not against this project, and even less against the development of wind energy, but simply wishes to review the location of the project, which would therefore be in Belgian territorial waters, which would have been decided without any consultation with Belgium. Moreover, there would also be a risk for aviation safety as this area is a traffic zone for the military base of Coxyde (Belgium), but could also cause a blockage of the historical maritime roads between the port of Ostend and the English ports. Belgium had asked for a dialogue, proposing a 5km displacement for the location of the project, but faced with no reaction, Belgium has taken the matter to court. It also plans to refer the matter to the European Commission (which was planned for July but no information has yet been released). This project, although ambitious, seems to continue to evolve and is therefore the source of great debate and negotiation between all the stakeholders. But it seems normal that this kind of project is a source of debate when we know its scale, as well as the complexity of linking the development of renewable energies with the protection of biodiversity.