James Fisher Renewables to identify UXOs on RTE’s Fécamp project


James Fisher Renewables (JF Renewables) has been selected by the French transmission grid operator Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE) to identify unexploded ordnances (UXOs) along the export cable routes for the
Fécamp offshore wind project.

The 18km export cable, which will sit at depths between 5m and 35m, will provide the electricity transmission connection for the 71-turbine offshore wind project located 13 to 22km off the northwest coast of France. In preparation for laying the cable, RTE has contracted JF Renewables to identify and investigate potential UXOs along the length of the cable's planned routes, with confirmed targets to be disposed of by the French Navy in line with regional legislation.


The award follows the completion of a similar UXO identification campaign for RTE’s grid connection of
Saint-Nazaire offshore wind project off the west coast of France, last summer. The project is expected to commence in May 2021 and complete within two months.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director of James Fisher’s Marine Contracting Division, said: “Having performed thousands of unique potential UXO target identifications, we bring a wealth of experience that will ensure this project is delivered safely and efficiently. We are delighted to be able to leverage our expertise working in extreme environments to help France deliver on its ambitious industrial plan for the region.”  

The
Fécamp offshore wind farm will be located between 13 and 22 kilometres off the coast of Fécamp in Normandy. The 71 wind turbines will be connected to gravity-based foundations installed on the seabed at depths between 25 and 30 metres. It is expected to produce the equivalent of the domestic electricity consumption of approximately 770,000 people, representing more than 60% of the inhabitants of the Seine-Maritime area. It is being developed by Eolien Maritime France (a joint venture between the French company EDF Energies Nouvelles and the Canadian company Enbridge) and wpd offshore.

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