Jan De Nul is to enter the French offshore wind market for the first time having been awarded a contract to transport and install the turbines for the 480-MW Saint-Nazaire offshore windfarm
The company’s French subsidiary, Sodraco International, will be responsible for transporting and installing all 80 turbines for the project.
Parc du Banc de Guérande, a joint venture between the French renewable energy company EDF Renewables and the Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge, awarded the contract.
The Saint-Nazaire offshore windfarm is in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay approximately 12 km from the coast on the Banc de Guérande. The windfarm will be capable of providing 20% of the Loire-Atlantique region’s requirement for electricity.
The turbines for the project will be supplied by GE Renewable Energy and installed on monopile foundations. Turbine installation is due to begin in early 2022 and will be completed by the end of 2022.
The windfarm finally got the go ahead in June 2019 after lengthy delays experienced by all of France’s Round 1 offshore windfarms. The ruling by the Conseil d’Etat, France’s supreme administrative court, followed approval for all of the permits required for the construction and operational phases of the project.