Jan De Nul Follows DEME into French Renewables Market

Jan De Nul Group has signed its first offshore wind contract in France. Its French subsidiary Sodraco International SAS will transport and install eighty offshore wind turbines on the 480-megawatt Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm (OWF). Last week, it was DEME in a consortium with Eiffage Métal that won the contract for the design, construction and installation of the steel turbine foundations.

Both contracts were awarded by Parc du Banc de Guérande, a joint venture between the French renewable energy company EDF Renewables and the Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge. DEME’s contract has a total value of 500 million euros. Jan De Nul did not disclose the value of its contract.

Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm

The Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm (OWF) is located in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay at nearly twelve kilometres from the coast and lies on top of the Banc de Guérande seabed formation. The wind farm will consist of eighty offshore wind turbines supplied by General Electric (GE), which will be installed on top of monopile foundations. The OWF will have a total capacity of 480 megawatts, which equals twenty per cent of the Loire-Atlantique’s electricity consumption needs.

The turbine installation works are planned to kick off in spring 2022 and will be finalised by the end of 2022.

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Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.