Work starts on substation for one of three French offshore wind projects

Offshore wind turbines. Source: LICengineering

January 13 (Renewables Now) - A consortium led by Atlantique Offshore Energy last week announced the start of the construction of the electrical substation for one French offshore wind project and unveiled orders for two more.

Atlantique Offshore Energy and its partners, the Grid Solutions business of General Electric (NYSE:GE) and DEME Offshore’s SDI, on Thursday cut the first steel sheet of the substation for the 480-MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm developed by EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge Inc (TSE:ENB).

The work is being carried out at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. Atlantique Offshore Energy said that in the summer of 2021 the substation will be shipped so it could be connected to the wind farm the following year.

Meanwhile, the consortium has also been chosen by Eoliennes Offshore des Hautes Falaises et Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados, held by EDF Renouvelables, Enbridge and Wpd Offshore, to design, fabricate and install the substations for the Fecamp and Courseulles-sur-Mer wind farms in Normandie, each of roughly 500-MW capacity. These orders should be executed in late 2022 and in 2023, respectively.

Atlantique Offshore Energy noted that it is in charge of the topside and jacket-type foundation design, manufacturing and commissioning, while GE’s Grid Solutions is responsible for high voltage electrical equipment and protection control systems design, manufacturing and commissioning. In turn, SDI will handle the transport and installation of these structures, including the offshore pre-piling works.

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