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Acteon celebrates offshore wind wins

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 03/06/2021 Acteon
Acteon has secured an integrated project with Saipem for casing installation and drilling support on the Calvados wind farm off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer in France. The contract was signed by LDD, a product and service line brand in the Acteon foundations and cables segment, and will be managed by the Acteon integrated solutions (AIS) team.

Totalling an estimated €2 billion, the
Calvados project involves the construction of 64 wind turbines located over 10 km off the French coast. With a capacity of 450 MW, it 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. It is being developed by Éolien Maritime France, a consortium including EDF Renewables, EIH S.à.r.l, (a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc., CPP Investments) and wpd.

The project scope for Acteon includes creating 64 open-hole sockets for casing installation; providing a bespoke drilling system to suit the socket specifications; and providing a drilling leader tower to support drilling activities and casing installation. Acteon will also supply ancillary items including a spoil handling system, a soil swivel, sonar surveys, a casing handling system, a carriage guide assembly and a drill bit jetting system.

AIS will be responsible for the project management. Project delivery will be supported by Acteon’s strategic business segments and product and service line brands 2H, Claxton, LDD and UTEC.

The engineering and tooling phase has commenced; offshore operations are scheduled to start on Q1 2022.

“We are delighted to be supporting Saipem on this high-profile project,” said Mathias Bruneau, executive vice president AIS. “The role of AIS is to project manage and integrate all the necessary products and services within the Acteon group and to provide Saipem with a single interface, which will boost project efficiency and repeatability through leaner operations.”

In a separate announcement Acteon also revealed that through InterMoor, has signed an agreement with Entrion Wind, Inc. to jointly conduct a feasibility study of the patent pending FRP monopile design offshore Massachusetts in 35 to 85 meters water depth.

Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate to optimize the FRP design for 10MW and 15MW turbine applications to minimize the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and de-risk the solution for large scale deployment.

Subject to cost target being met, the companies may collaborate in a future FEED study for a specific site and Entrion Wind may request Acteon to provide mooring EPCI services for a follow-on pilot or demonstration project.


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