Saipem Adds Acteon to French Offshore Wind Team

Marine energy and infrastructure services company Acteon has secured an integrated project with Saipem for casing installation and drilling support on the Calvados (Courseulles-sur-Mer) wind farm offshore France.

The contract was signed by LDD, a product and service line brand in the Acteon foundations and cables segment, and will be managed by the Acteon integrated solutions (AIS) team.

The Calvados development is a 450 MW offshore wind farm under construction near Caen being developed by Éolien Maritime France (EMF) and wpd. EMF is a consortium of EDF Renewables, Enbridge Inc., and CPP Investments.

The project scope for Acteon includes creating 64 open-hole sockets for casing installation; providing a bespoke drilling system to suit the socket specifications; and providing a drilling leader tower to support drilling activities and casing installation.

Acteon will also supply ancillary items including a spoil handling system, a soil swivel, sonar surveys, a casing handling system, a carriage guide assembly, and a drill bit jetting system. The equipment spreads will be optimised to suit the client-supplied vessel.

AIS will be responsible for the project management. Project delivery will be supported by Acteon’s strategic business segments and product and service line brands 2H, Claxton, LDD and UTEC.

The engineering and tooling phase has commenced, and offshore operations are scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2022.

”We are delighted to be supporting Saipem on this high-profile project,” said Mathias Bruneau, executive vice president AIS.

”The role of AIS is to project manage and integrate all the necessary products and services within the Acteon group and to provide Saipem with a single interface, which will boost project efficiency and repeatability through leaner operations.”

The Calvados offshore wind farm will consist of 64 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 Direct Drive wind turbines located 16 kilometres off the French coast in water depths ranging from 22 to 31 metres.

Earlier this year, Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados (EODC) awarded Italy’s Saipem with an EUR 460 million contract to deliver the wind turbine foundations for the wind farm.

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The wind farm’s transition pieces will be manufactured by Bladt Industries.

The project entered the construction phase in February. The commissioning of the EUR 2 billion wind farm is scheduled for 2024.

Photo: Siemens Gamesa/Illustration