Acta Auriga chartered to support French projects

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 23/06/2022 Acta Marine
Acta Marine announced it has secured a contract for the charter of its  Construction Support Operations Vessel, the Acta Auriga, to support Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s commissioning activities the Fécamp and Calvados offshore wind farms.

The vessel
Acta Auriga will be responsible for providing accommodation and transportation of cargo and project personnel and tools required for turbine commissioning. The vessel will begin on Fécamp, on behalf of Siemens Gamesa, in the second quarter of 2023, when the offshore wind turbine installation is expected to begin. Departing from the Port of Le Havre, the vessel will assist in the mechanical completion and commissioning of the 71 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW offshore wind turbines located between 13 km and 22km off the coast.

From the second quarter of 2024, the vessel will provide the same service for the 64 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines located between 10 km and 16 km off the coast at
Acta Marine stated it will engage various local stakeholders in the projects and will work with local suppliers including ship agencies and port authorities.
Simon Anink, General Manager Commerce at Acta Marine comments: “Acta Marine is very excited to have been awarded these two landmark projects in French waters by Siemens Gamesa. We trust this will further strengthen the long-standing cooperation between Acta Marine and Siemens Gamesa that has been ongoing for the past several years. For France these two projects will be a great step in achieving a stronger renewable-based power supply and a further maturing of offshore wind in the region.”
The 498 MW
Fécamp offshore wind farm will deploy gravity-based foundations installed on the seabed at depths between 25 and 30 metres. It is expected to produce the equivalent of the domestic electricity consumption of approximately 770,000 people, representing more than 60% of the inhabitants of the Seine-Maritime area. The 450 MW Calvados project involves is expected to produce the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 630,000 people, i.e. over 90% of the population of Calvados. It is expected to enter service in 2024. Both projects are being developed by Eolien Maritime France (a joint venture between the French company EDF Energies Nouvelles and the Canadian company Enbridge) and wpd.

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