Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Enters French Offshore Wind Market with Saint-Brieuc Contract

Siemens Gamesa has contracted Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to transport and install 62 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines on the Saint-Brieuc wind farm offshore France.

This is Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s first large transportation and installation project in France.

The company will mobilize one of its special purpose-built jack-up installation vessels during the spring of 2023.

”We have an open line of communication and great relations with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and have worked with them on quite a few offshore wind power projects over the last years. With their proven track record, experienced people and suitable vessels, we know them to be a reliable and solution-oriented partner,” said Filippo Cimitan, Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa France.

The 496 MW Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm is located 16 kilometers off the northwest coast of France in Saint-Brieuc Bay in the English Channel.

The wind farm is developed by Ailes Marines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iberdrola. This is the first large-scale offshore wind farm in Brittany to obtain all the necessary government permits for its construction and operation.

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”This is a very exciting project and an important milestone for us. We are pleased to have been picked by Siemens Gamesa as a reliable partner for this new market. The contract will continue to strengthen our relationship with Siemens Gamesa. We also look forward to engaging with local stakeholders and suppliers on the project,” said Petter Faye Søyland, Senior Project Manager, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Offshore construction work at the wind farm is expected to be completed in 2023 and the project is scheduled to be operational by the end of that year.

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