The Eiffage and DEME joint venture wins the contract covering the foundations
for France's first offshore wind farm
The joint venture made up of Eiffage Métal (leader) and DEME has won the EPCI
contract to design, manufacture and install the 80 steel monopile foundations
for the offshore wind farm at Saint-Nazaire, France. The contract value is more
than EUR500 million.
The 480 MW wind farm, belonging to EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge, will be
built between 12 and 20 km off the Guérande peninsula in western France. The
depth of the foundations ranges between 12 and 25 metres.
The design stage of the project is already under way, with factory production
set to begin in the spring of 2020. The first foundations will be installed on
a rocky seabed in the spring of 2021 and the project is set for completion in
the summer of 2022.
The power generated by Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm will cover the
equivalent of 20% of the Loire-Atlantique department's electricity demand. The
facility will be brought into operation in 2022.
"Eiffage is very proud to have been selected to help build France's first
offshore wind farm," said Antoine Brésolin, CEO of Eiffage Métal. "The Group,
which already has substantial operations on this market in Northern Europe,
where Eiffage Métal, through its subsidiary Smulders, has a large number of
wind farm project references off the coasts of Belgium, Germany, the United
Kingdom and the Netherlands, will now have an opportunity to apply its
expertise in France. The members of the joint venture are looking forward to
working with EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge to complete this project safely and
in accordance with its environmental features."
"We are delighted to have won a first EPCI contract covering foundations in
France and to have this opportunity to help the country meet its ambitious
energy transition objectives," said Jan Vandenbroeck, Managing Director of
French DEME subsidiaries. "The contract reflects the technical expertise that
enables us to deliver innovative solutions for the offshore wind farm sector.
Some of the Saint-Nazaire monopile foundations will be fully bored, which is a
step forward for the offshore wind farm industry and will open up new prospects
for the sector."
Eiffage is one of Europe's leading construction and concessions companies. The
Group's activities are organised around the following business lines:
construction, real estate and urban development, civil engineering, metal,
roads, energy and concessions. Thanks to the experience of more than 70,400
employees, Eiffage generated revenues of EUR16.6 billion in 2018, of which
almost 26% was outside France.
About Eiffage Métal
Eiffage Metal is the Eiffage Group's brand dedicated to metallic construction.
Specialising in complex projects, it is also a leading industrial player,
present throughout Europe and internationally.
DEME is a world leader in dredging, marine engineering and environmental
remediation. The Group can build on more than 140 years of know-how and
experience and has fostered a pioneering approach throughout its history, being
a front runner in innovation and new technologies. DEME's vision is to develop
a sustainable future by providing solutions for global challenges: rising sea
levels, population growth, reduction in CO2, water and soil pollution and
depletion of natural resources. Although DEME's activities originated with its
core dredging business, the portfolio diversified substantially over the
decades. Today's activities encompass land reclamation, services for the
offshore energy industries, and infra marine and environmental works. DEME,
which is based in Belgium, has built a strong international presence, operating
in more than 90 countries worldwide. DEME can rely on 5,200 highly skilled
professionals across the globe. With a modern, versatile fleet of over 100 main
vessels, backed by a broad range of auxiliary equipment, DEME can provide
solutions for even the most complex project. DEME generated revenue of EUR2.65
billion in 2018.
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