Siemens Gamesa scores Fécamp supply

In: Windfarms

Siemens Gamesa has received a firm order to supply wind turbines and a 15-year maintenance contract for the
Fécamp offshore wind power plant, from EDF Renewables, Enbridge and wpd. This 497 MW project located in Normandy will be equipped with 71 SWT-7.0-154 offshore wind turbines, each with capacity of 7 MW. These turbines will be manufactured in the wind turbine plant Siemens Gamesa is to build in Le Havre, France.

A consortium led by GTM Normandie-Centre, a VINCI Construction France subsidiary, has been selected for the construction of the Le Havre facility to be located on the Quai Joannès Couvert in the Port of Le Havre. The 20-hectare factory will be the first in the world to manufacture all main offshore wind turbine components under one roof as previously announced.

The Siemens Gamesa offshore manufacturing plant in Le Havre is expected to create approximately 750 direct and indirect jobs once fully operational, particularly in the fields of composite materials, mechanical assembly, and logistics. Siemens Gamesa is expected to start recruiting at the end of 2020.

The announcement of this firm order comes in addition to a
recent firm order from Ailes Marines consortium for the 496 MW Bay of Saint Brieuc offshore wind power plant, located in Britanny. Here, Siemens Gamesa will supply 62 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines and maintain them for 10 years. These machines will also be manufactured in Le Havre.

"These first two firm orders, which is almost 1,000 MW of capacity of the 2,500 MW currently in our French project pipeline, strengthens Siemens Gamesa´s leadership of the French offshore wind industry. This is good news for the renewable energy transition in France, and allows us to fully bring our offshore manufacturing project in Le Havre to life,"
said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

Cédric Le Bousse, Director of Renewable Marine Energies France of EDF Renewables, commented: “I am delighted to announce today the construction of our offshore wind farm in Fécamp. Thanks to our industrial partner Siemens Gamesa and the mobilization of EDF Renewables’ teams with the local stakeholders for many years, this ambitious project will create value for the territories and the Normandy region.”

“More than a third of the consortium is made up of local companies that will draw on the know-how of partners and subcontractors from the local and regional economic fabric. The work will use materials produced in Le Havre. With more than 600 000 hours of work, the project will mobilise a total of almost 350 people, with provisions designed to promote local employment.”
explained Christophe Quardel, Regional Director of GTM Normandie-Centre.

This offshore wind turbine plant 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. The plant scheduled to enter operations between the end of 2021 and early 2022.

The next expected orders for SGRE concern the
Courseulles sur mer, Dieppe le Tréport and Yeu Noirmoutier projects, for a total of nearly 1,500 MW of additional capacity.

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