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Navantia-Windar JV picked to make jackets for 496-MW Saint-Brieuc wind farm

Offshore wind turbines. Source: LICengineering (www.liceng.dk).

September 17 (Renewables Now) - The joint venture (JV) between Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and wind tower maker Windar Renovables SL has won a contract to manufacture 62 jacket foundations for the 496-MW Saint-Brieuc offshore wind project in French waters.

The project developer, Ailes Marines SAS, announced the winner on Monday at an event held in the French city of Brest. Ailes Marines is a partnership between Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE), with a 70% stake, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Caisse des Depots.

The Spanish JV expects to sign the contract in February 2020 and begin manufacturing that summer, Windar said. The whole assembly will be carried out in Navantia’s shipyard in the municipality of Fene, Spain, with some work on 34 jackets done in Brest as part of local content.

The Saint-Brieuc wind farm will be equipped with 62 Siemens Gamesa turbines mounted on three-legged jacket foundations designed by Atkins Ltd, of the SNC-Lavalin Group.

The 496-MW park will stretch across a 78-square-kilometre (30.1 sq miles) area in the Bay of Saint Brieuc, some 16 kilometres (9.94 miles) off the French coast. It is expected to start operations by 2023.

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