Luxembourg-headquartered Jan De Nul Group has announced its entry into the French renewable energy market with a contract for the transport and installation of 480MW wind turbines for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm.
Jan De Nul Group has signed its first offshore wind contract in France. Its French subsidiary Sodraco International SAS will be responsible for the transportation and installation of 80 offshore wind turbines at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. The contract was awarded by Parc du Banc de Guérande, a joint venture by French renewable energy company EDF Renewables and Canadian energy infrastructure firm Enbridge.
Philippe Hutse, Offshore Director of Jan De Nul Group, commented: "We are delighted to be able to contribute to the future development of renewable energies in France, and offshore wind energy in particular, and look forward to working with EDF Renewables again and to confirm our skills and competences by transforming the installation of offshore wind turbines, in collaboration with GE, into a real success".
The Saint-Nazaire wind farm, located in the northern sector of the Bay of Biscay (on the formation of the Banc de Guérande), will consist of 80 offshore wind turbines supplied by General Electric (GE), which will be installed on monopile foundations. The wind farm will have a total capacity of 480 MW, covering 20% of the electricity consumption of the Loire-Atlantique department.
The start of turbine installation is scheduled for spring 2022 and will be completed by the end of 2022.