Siemens Gamesa cements contract for Calvados

In: Windfarms
22/02/2021
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been awarded a firm order from the EDF Renewables-Enbridge-wpd consortium for the 448 MW Calvados offshore wind power project. Located 10 km off the Bessin coast, the project brings the total capacity awarded to Siemens Gamesa by the consortium in France to approx. 1 GW.

Both nacelles and blades for the
Calvados project's wind turbines are scheduled to be produced at the Siemens Gamesa facility currently under construction in Le Havre.

Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit, commented: “We are delighted to again be the partner of choice for EDF Renewables, Enbridge, and wpd, and to deliver our second firm French offshore order to them. As we unlock more of the future of wind in France, we thank them for their vote of confidence in our technology, people, and ambitious growth plans in the country. Our facility in Le Havre and the Courseulles-sur-Mer project including service will provide local jobs and value for years to come.”

The 448 MW project will feature the
SWT-7.0-154 Direct Drive offshore wind turbine. Installation and commissioning of turbines is scheduled for 2024.

Together with the 497 MW
Fécamp offshore wind power project signed with the EDF Renewables-Enbridge-wpd consortium in 2020, Siemens Gamesa has now signed firm orders with them for approx. 1 GW. Siemens Gamesa has an additional firm order in France for the 496 MW Bay of Saint Brieuc offshore wind power plant with Ailes Marines. Siemens Gamesa has furthermore been named preferred supplier for the 496 MW Dieppe le Tréport and 496 MW Yeu Noirmoutier offshore wind projects.

The Siemens Gamesa facility under construction on the Quai Joannès Couvert in the Port of Le Havre will be the first in the world to manufacture complete offshore nacelles and blades under one roof. It is the largest industrial project in the French renewable energy industry to date and will be used to supply Siemens Gamesa offshore wind projects in France and potentially abroad. Start of operation for the plant is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2022.

Expected to create approximately 750 direct and indirect jobs when fully operational, particularly in the fields of composite materials, mechanical assembly, and logistics, the facility has already begun recruiting employees.

Siemens Gamesa stated that over 1,000 of its Direct Drive offshore wind turbines have been installed in offshore wind markets globally. These are in the UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Taiwan, and the USA, among others. Furthermore, confirmed orders for more than 1,000 additional Offshore Direct Drive turbines have been received, for these markets and for new offshore markets.


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