Sif bags monopiles order for Saint-Nazaire offshore wind project

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December 17 (Renewables Now) - Dutch steel tubulars manufacturer Sif Holding NV (AMS:SIFG) has won a monopiles and transition pieces supply order for the 480-MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in French waters.

Sif said in a statement today that Eiffage Metal SAS has awarded the company a contract to manufacture and deliver 80 monopiles and the primary steel for 80 transition pieces for that project. The Dutch firm will store the monopiles at its MV2 facility and ship them to the deep sea quay side in 2020-2021.

Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a joint venture between the renewables arm of French power utility EDF (EPA:EDF) and Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc (TSE:ENB), is developing the Saint-Nazaire project about 12-20 km offshore in 12 to 25 metres water depth. Commissioning is planned to take place by the end of 2022.

Meanwhile, Sif said that it continues to hold the order for the the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project near Massachusetts in its orderbook, but no longer for 2020. The company is still holding talks with its customer for that project but considers manufacturing in 2020 to be “illusive”.

Sif was contracted to deliver 84 monopiles for Vineyard Wind, but the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) delayed the project after deciding to conduct an additional Environmental Impact Study (EIS).

“As it is still not clear when and in what configuration the project will continue, we consider this project to be part of our mid-term opportunity list,” Sif’s CEO Fred van Beers commented.

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