All Turbines Installed at French Fécamp Offshore Wind Farm

The 71st and final wind turbine was installed on 25 March at the Fécamp offshore wind farm in France, the first project of this kind to be built in Normandy.

Fécamp offshore wind farm; Photo: EDF Renouvelables

According to EDF Renouvelables, the last wind turbines that were installed are expected to produce electricity in the coming weeks, after testing is completed.

The 500 MW Fécamp features 7 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines, which were installed by DEME’s vessel Innovation from the port of Cherbourg. According to AIS data available online, Innovation returned to port in the morning on 26 March.

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The first wind turbine at the Fécamp project site, located between 13 and 24 kilometres off the coast of Normandy, was installed in July 2023 and produced its first electricity shortly after installation.

By January 2024, more than half of the 71 wind turbines were in place and the last 20 units were installed over the past two months.

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All wind turbines are standing on gravity-based foundations supplied and installed by a consortium of Boskalis, Saipem, and Bouygues Construction.

Fécamp is the third commercial-scale offshore wind project in France to be completed, following Saint-Nazaire and Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farms.

Once fully commissioned, the 500 MW offshore wind farm will produce enough electricity to meet the annual electricity consumption of 770,000 people, equivalent to 60 per cent of the population of Seine-Maritime.

The project is owned by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a joint venture between the French company EDF Renouvelables; EIH S.à.rl, owned by Enbridge Inc. and CPP Investments; and Skyborn Renewables (formerly wpd offshore).


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