ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands — Acta Marine has signed a contract for the charter of the Acta Auriga construction support operations vessel (CSOV) to support Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s commissioning activities of 71 offshore wind turbines at the Fécamp offshore wind farm and 64 offshore wind turbines at the Calvados offshore wind farm.
The CSOV will support the commissioning of both Fécamp and Calvados offshore wind farms, respectively in 2023 and 2024. Commissioning is scheduled to be completed by year-end 2023 for Fécamp and 2024 for Calvados.
The Fécamp offshore wind farm will be equipped with 71 7-MW turbines and the Calvados offshore wind farm with 64 7-MW turbines; and will have an installed capacity of respectively about 500 MW and 450 MW.
The Acta Auriga vessel, owned and operated by the Dutch company Acta Marine, will be responsible for providing safe accommodation and transportation of cargo and project personnel and tools required for turbine commissioning.
Acta Auriga will begin on Fécamp, on behalf of Siemens Gamesa, in second-quarter 2023, when the offshore wind turbine installation is expected to begin. Departing from the Port of Le Havre, the vessel will assist in the mechanical completion and commissioning of the 71 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW offshore wind turbines located between 13 km and 22km off the coast.
Scheduled for second-quarter 2024, the vessel also will provide the same service for the 64 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines located between 10 km and 16 km off the coast.
Acta Marine will engage various local stakeholders in the projects and will work with local suppliers including ship agencies and port authorities.
“For France, these two projects will be a great step in achieving a stronger renewable-based power supply and a further maturing of offshore wind in the region," said Simon Anink, Acta Marine's general manager commerce.
The Fécamp offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Fécamp, and the Calvados offshore windfarm, located off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer, are both owned by EDF Renewables, E.I.H. S.à r.l, a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. and CPP Investments, and wpd.
The two projects will be the third and fourth offshore commercial wind farms in France.