first steel sheet of the electrical substation for the Saint-Nazaire
offshore wind farm was cut today (9 January 2020) at Chantiers de l’Atlantique
shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
The substation was ordered in August 2019 by Parc du Banc de Guérande,
a company held jointly by EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge, Inc. The substation
is scheduled to leave the shipyard in the summer of 2021 and to be connected
with the wind farm in 2022. The substation will collect and transform the
electricity produced by wind turbines and transfer it to the shore network,
while ensuring remote control of the wind farm.
Chantiers de l'Atlantique, with its partners GE Renewable Energy’s Grid
Solutions business and SDI (DEME Offshore), have also been selected by
Eoliennes Offshore des Hautes Falaises et Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados,
a joint venture between by EDF Renouvelables, Enbridge Inc and wpd offshore,
to design, manufacture and install the electrical substations for the Fécamp
wind farms (Normandie, France).
The delivery of the Fécamp and of Courseulles-sur-Mer substations, with
a total capacity of around 500 MW each, should take place respectively
at the end of 2022 and in 2023. Over the period of execution of these three
projects, more than 400 people will be employed in the Saint-Nazaire area.
Atlantique Offshore Energy is responsible for the topside and jacket-type
foundation design, manufacturing and commissioning. GE Grid Solutions is
in charge of high voltage electrical equipment and protection control systems
design, manufacturing and commissioning. SDI has been tasked with the transport
and installation of these structures, including offshore prepiling works.
"This choice allows to strengthen the French industrial sector of
offshore wind power, which is facing a particularly competitive market
dynamic," said Frédéric Grizaud, Director of Atlantique Offshore
Energy. "After our first successes in Europe, we are proud to consolidate
our industrial know-how on these three projects. This strategy gives us
the needed visibility to address in parallel other projects being developed
in France and worldwide."
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