Offshore substation for the Saint-Brieuc Offshore Wind Farm heads to the French North Sea
After a successful load out in June, both the substation topside and jacket for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm left the yards in Hoboken and Vlissingen last week bound for the wind farm off the coast in Brittany, France. Soon, the jacket and topside will be installed offshore by the Saipem 7000 vessel.
The Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, located 16.3 km off the French coast, is the first large scale offshore wind farm in Brittany and one of the first in France to obtain all the necessary government permits for its construction and operation. The Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm covers a total area of 75 km², will have a total capacity of 496 MW and will produce 1,820 GWh annually, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants.
Smulders was responsible for the engineering and construction of the steel structures for both the topside and jacket. EQUANS was responsible for the engineering, procurement, integration, construction and testing (on- and offshore) of all LV, MV, HV and auxiliary systems for the jacket and topside. Final assembly of the topside took place at the EQUANS’ yard in Hoboken. The jacket was fabricated at the Heerema yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.
Smulders and EQUANS have built a solid expertise in building substations for offshore wind farms, having constructed 30 substations for offshore wind farms off the coasts of Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and France.