French consortium completes offshore substation trifecta

France: A consortium of Atlantique Offshore Energy, GE Grid Solutions, and Société de Dragage International (SDI) has secured a contract to deliver electrical substations for the Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-Mer offshore wind farms in France.

The order was placed by Eoliennes Offshore des Hautes Falaises et Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados, a joint venture between EDF Renouvelables, Enbridge Inc, and wpd offshore.

The consortium has also cut the first steel for the electrical substation for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.

The Saint-Nazaire substation was ordered in August 2019 by Parc du Banc de Guérande, a joint venture of EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge Inc.

The substation is scheduled to leave the shipyard in the summer of 2021, and to be connected to the wind farm in 2022.

The delivery of the Fécamp and of Courseulles-sur-Mer substations, with a total capacity of around 500 MW each, should take place at the end of 2022 and in 2023, respectively, the consortium said.

The 480 MW Saint-Nazaire wind farm will comprise of GE Haliade turbines, while the 450 MW Courseulles-sur-Mer and the 500 MW Fécamp will feature Siemens Gamesa turbines.