Wind Energy

Construction of Fécamp Offshore Wind Farm Starts

EDF Renewables, Enbridge Inc and wpd announced the launch of the Fécamp offshore wind farm following the finalisation of financing agreements between the consortium and its financial partners during the week-end. The 500 MW Fécamp offshore wind farm will be composed of 71 wind turbines located between 13km and 22km from the coast of northwest France. Project commissioning is scheduled in 2023. The power generated by the wind farm will provide enough annual electricity to meet the power needs for 770,000 people, or over 60% of the Seine-Maritime department’s population. The construction of the project will create over 1,400 local jobs in total. During its 25-year service life, approximately 100 local ongoing full-time jobs based at the port of Fécamp will also be created to maintain the wind farm.

The total project capital cost is estimated to be EUR2 billion, of which the majority will be financed through non-recourse project level debt. Fécamp offshore wind farm is underpinned by a 20-year power purchase agreement granted by the state, in June 2018.

Siemens Gamesa has received the firm order for the supply of wind turbines and a 15-year maintenance contract. 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.

Bouygues Travaux Publics in consortium with Saipem and Boskalis have been awarded the design work, construction and installation scope for 71 concrete Gravity-Based Structures as foundations

Etlantique Offshore Energy and its partners GE Grid Solutions and DEME Offshore’s SDI is selected for electrical substation of the offshore wind farm in Saint-Nazaire. The electrical substation will allow collect and transform the electricity produced by wind turbines to transfer it to the shore network, while ensuring local management of the park. The delivery of the Fécamp substation, with a total capacity of around 500 MW, should take place at the end of 2022, and that of Courseulles-sur-Mer, with a power of around 450 MW, in 2023.

French transmission system operator RTE will start onshore construction works this month. RTE is responsible for connecting the wind farm from the substation to the coast, and then to Normandy’s electricity grid.