Ailes Marines taps Van Oord for transport and installation works at Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm

Aeolus (Photo: Van Oord)

Ailes Marines, the company in charge of the development, construction, installation, and operation of the offshore wind farm in the bay of Saint-Brieuc, has selected Dutch marine contractor Van Oord to transport and install the 62 jacket foundations (steel lattice structure) and the foundation piles for the offshore substation.

Van Oord will start the offshore operations in 2021 with the installation of the pin piles using the offshore installation vessel Aeolus. Beginning in 2022, a second vessel will assist in the installation of jacket foundations that will be manufactured in Fene, Spain, and in Brest, France.

Construction on the subsea drilling template has already started and is scheduled to be delivered by the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Saint-Brieuc Offshore Wind Farm is being constructed in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc in Brittany, 16.3 kilometres off the French coast. When finished in 2023, the wind farm with a total capacity of 496 MW will produce 1,820 GWh annually, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants.

The installation works will last several months and will continue until 2022.

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