DEME, Eiffage win EPCI contract for France’s first offshore wind farm

Aug. 29, 2019

Offshore staff

ZWIJNDRECHT, Belgium – A consortium of DEME and Eiffage Métal has received an EPCI contract for 80 foundations for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France.

The scope includes the design, fabrication, and installation of the steel foundations. Total value of the contract is more than EUR 500 million ($552 million).

Owned by EDF Renewables and Enbridge, the 480 MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm will be located between 12 and 20 km (7.5 and 12 mi) off the coast of the Guerande peninsula in western France. Water depths range between 12 and 25 m (39 and 82 ft).

Design activities are under way. Construction is expected to start in spring 2020. The first foundations are expected to be installed, in rocky seabed conditions, during spring 2021. Targeted completion is summer 2022.

Jan Vandenbroeck, General Manager French Subsidiaries at DEME, said: “The Saint-Nazaire project will deliver drilled monopiles, a new step forward in the offshore wind industry.”

According to EDF Renewables, the wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to supply 20% of the Loire-Atlantique department’s power.