Ailes Marines to provide vessel inspection for Saint-Brieuc

In: Windfarms
Ailes Marines have awarded Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) a contract to provide vessel inspection services to support the construction of the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in France.

SMC will provide up to three French accredited vessel inspectors (AVIs) for the project, improving local experience and aligning to both SMC's and Ailes Marines' commitments to developing local content and skill sets within the region. SMC’s French AVIs will be supported by the company’s back-office support structure, marine consultants and additional AVIs.

George Moore, Business Development Manager at SMC, commented: “SMC are extremely pleased to be able to support construction of the St Brieuc offshore windfarm. France represents an exciting market opportunity for us and after years of supporting projects with planning phase consultancy, it's great to be able to deliver ‘boots on the ground’ as physical operations are now becoming a reality. We’re pleased also to build on our relationship with Iberdrola after working closely with them for construction of the East Anglia 1 offshore windfarm in the UK. Their invitation to once again support their operations here is testament to the positive work our teams have been delivering to them for a number of years now”.

Graham Farrant, Marine Assurance Manager at the St Brieuc offshore windfarm, stated: “We are happy to have SMC onboard to ensure we have the expertise to provide marine assurance and the assistance they have already provided to complete remote audits during the current COVID outbreak”.

Saint-Brieuc is being constructed 16.3 kilometres off Brittany. Once finished, the wind farm, with a total capacity of 496 MW, will produce 1,820 GWh annually, expected to meet the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants. The installation works will last several months and will continue until 2022. The wind farm will be fully commissioned in 2023. To achieve this, Iberdrola will invest €2.4 billion in its construction.

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