Ramboll scores French foundation design contract

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 28/09/2021 Ramboll
Ramboll has been awarded a contract by Saipem, through its subsidiary Saipem SA, to perform the primary steel design of the monopile foundations for the Calvados offshore wind farm (Courseulles-sur-Mer).

Ramboll’s services cover model validation, primary steel design, grouted connection between the monopiles and transition pieces, and associated fatigue optimization. The monopiles will be installed in water depths of 21 to 31 metres.

Ramboll has been involved in the development of the project from the initial phases, also carrying out the conceptual design for Saipem SA.  

“Delivering a primary steel design for the offshore wind market in France is a successful milestone and it forms the basis for further growth in one of Europe’s top offshore wind markets”,
said Andreas Willecke, Head of Department for Offshore Wind Structures at Ramboll.

Totalling an estimated €2 billion, the
Calvados project involves the construction of 64 wind turbines, located over 10 km off the coast of northwestern France. With a capacity of 450 MW, it is expected to produce the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 630,000 people, i.e. over 90% of the population of Calvados. It is expected to enter service in 2024. It is being developed by Éolien Maritime France, a consortium including EDF Renewables, EIH S.à.r.l, (a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc., CPP Investments) and wpd.