Foundation installation on pause at Saint-Brieuc

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 01/12/2022 Saint-Brieuc

Installation of foundations for the
Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm has been put on pause as the 2022 construction campaign has come to an end.

On November 28, the Van Oord's installation vessel
Aeolus finalised works at 40th wind turbine position off the coast of Brittany. The Aeolus will return to the work area during the first quarter of 2023, to continue drilling and pile installation operations on the 22 remaining wind turbine positions out of a total of 62.  

The vessel has since returned to its home port in Vlissingen (Netherlands) to carry out its in-depth annual maintenance (cleaning and checking of tools, machines and drills) which will last between 1 and 3 months depending on the needs identified
.

In the meantime, the campaign to lay the inter-wind cables supplied and installed by the Prysmian company will begin this month, subject to weather conditions.

The 496 MW Saint-Brieuc wind farm, 16 km off the French coast, will feature 62 Siemens Gamesa
SG 8.0-167 DD turbines, standing at 207m high. It is being developed by Ailes Marines, subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Iberdrola. Covering an area of 75km2 the project will be the first large-scale offshore wind farm in Brittany and, when operational it will be capable of generating 1,820 GWh/year of electricity, expected to meet the demands of  835,000 people.

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