Ailes Marines, which is responsible for development, construction, installation and operation of the Saint-Brieuc offshore windfarm in France has selected Van Oord to transport and install 62 jacket foundations for the wind turbines and the foundation piles for the offshore substation for the project
Van Oord will start offshore operations in 2021 installing pin piles using its offshore installation vessel Aeolus.
Aeolus will be assisted by a second, as yet unspecified vessel in 2022, which will help it install the jackets foundations, which will be manufactured in Fene, Spain and in Brest, France.
In December 2019, Van Oord was awarded an early works contract for the project to expedite the design and engineering required.
Construction of the subsea drilling template has already started and is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2020.
Van Oord chief executive Pieter van Oord said, “Van Oord has a long history executing a variety of projects in France, the most recent example being our involvement in the various phases of the deepening of the River Seine. The Saint-Brieuc project will be our first offshore wind project in France.”
The Saint-Brieuc windfarm is being constructed in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc off the coast of Brittany, 16.3 km off the French coast.
When completed, the windfarm will have a capacity of 496 MW and will produce 1,820 GWh annually. It is due to be fully commissioned in 2023.
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