Saint-Nazaire finds its feet

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 10/05/2021 DEME Group
DEME Group and Eiffage Métal have announced the installation of the first monopile foundation at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. This marks a milestone for the project, which is poised to be one of the first commercial offshore wind farms in France.

The installation milestone also represents the first use of DEME's 60 metre high in-house designed ‘MODIGA’. This equipment encapsulates the drilling and installation operations and shields them from the Atlantic marine conditions. The work is taking place using DEME's jack-up installation vessel,
Innovation.

The
480 MW Saint-Nazaire wind farm, currently owned by EDF (50%), Enbridge (25.5%) and CPP (24.5%), is expected to be fully commissioned by the end of 2022. It is located between 12 and 20 kilometres off the Loire-Atlantique coast.  

It will consist of 80 GE
Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines.  According to GE, each Haliade turbine powers 5,000 homes; the project is expected to generate the equivalent of 20% of the Loire-Atlantique’s electricity consumption.

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