France’s First Offshore Substation Preps For Final Journey

The jacket foundation and the topside of the Saint-Nazaire offshore substation are scheduled to depart from the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port to the installation site in the coming several days.

Saint-Nazaire OSS
Port of Saint-Nazaire

The jacket foundation will leave the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port on Saturday, 14 August.

The topside will follow soon and set off in the evening hours of 17 August, the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port said.

The four pin piles that will support the jacket foundation were installed at the site by DEME Offshore in April.

Saint-Nazaire, also known as Parc du Banc de Guérande, will comprise 80 GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines and the offshore substation installed between 12 and 20 kilometres off the coast of the Guérande peninsula.

The 480 MW project is scheduled to be operational in the summer of 2022 when it will become the first commercial-scale wind farm installed in French waters.

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A consortium of Atlantique Offshore Energy, GE Grid Solutions and Société de Dragage International (SDI), part of DEME Group, won the EPCI contract for the Saint-Nazaire electrical offshore substation in June 2019.

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The wind farm is developed by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a consortium of EDF Renouvelables, Enbridge, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.