DEME and Gould Complete Preps for Subsea Drill Load-Out in France

Gould Heavy Lift Services and DEME Offshore have performed the load-in, assembly, and preparations for the load out of the new offshore drill equipment for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind project.

For DEME, the Dutch company provided the engineering, project management, rigging and turnkey execution of a number of load transfers.

The tailormade subsea drill will be used to install the XL-monopile foundations at the French offshore wind project from DEME’s jack-up Innovation.

At the beginning of 2020, DEME signed an agreement with Herrenknecht for the fabrication of the drill. It was commissioned in October last year after passing Factory Acceptance Tests.

Saint-Nazaire will comprise 80 GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines located between 12 and 20 km off the coast of the Guérande peninsula. The plan is to have the 480 MW project operational in the summer of 2022.

Photo: Gould Heavy Lift Services