Fred. Olsen Windcarrier scores first French turbine job

4C Offshore | Bridget Randall-Smith
By: 25/04/2022 FOWIC
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (FOWIC) has been awarded a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for the transport and installation of 62 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines on the St. Brieuc Offshore Wind farm.

"With their proven track record, experienced people and suitable vessels, we know them to be a reliable and solution-oriented partner”,
says Filippo Cimitan, Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa France.

The St. Brieuc Offshore Wind farm (496 MW) is located 16 km off the northwest coast of France in Saint-Brieuc Bay in the English Channel and will feature 62 SG 8.0-167 DD machines.

The 62 wind turbines will be arranged in 7 lines of 3 to 14 turbines, spaced approximately by 1,300 metres apart. Within each row, the space between turbines is approximately 1,000 metres. They will sit atop jacket foundations manufactured by Navantia Windar.

FOWIC will mobilize one of its special purpose-built jack-up installation vessels during the spring of 2023. This is FOWIC’s first large transportation and installation project in France.

The wind farm, developed by Ailes Marines (Iberdrola), is currently under construction. This is the first large-scale offshore wind farm in Brittany to obtain all the necessary government permits for its construction and operation. When finished, the St. Brieuc wind farm will supply clean energy for 835,000 people.

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