Belgium’s DEME Group and Eiffage Métal of France are members of the consortium chosen to undertake an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the first offshore wind farm in France. The 80 foundations required for the 480-MW Saint-Nazaire wind farm, owned by EDF Renewables and Enbridge, will be sited between 12km and 20km from shore in water depths of 12m to 25m. The value of the EPCI contract is more than EUR 500 million.
First foundations at the facility, which will supply about 20% of the Loire-Atlantique department’s power when completed, will be laid in 2021. The wind farm is scheduled to become fully functional during the summer of 2022. The general manager of French Subsidiary at DEME, Jan Vandenbroeck, said: “The contract highlights our technical expertise in providing innovative solutions for the offshore wind industry. The Saint-Nazaire project will deliver drilled monopiles, a new step forward in the offshore wind industry.”