Haizea Wind has been selected by Siemens Gamesa to complete the assembly of the offshore wind towers in Saint-Brieuc.
Bilbao – Siemens Gamesa has awarded Haizea Wind the contract to execute this mission in the port of Brest, where the 62 towers of the Ailes Marines wind farm will be assembled.
- The new assembly plant is expected to be built in early 2022 and commissioned by the end of 2022.
- The project will create at least 35 new industrial jobs at the facility.
- The plan includes the creation of new infrastructure funded with 11.8 million euros from Ailes Marines.
Haizea Wind has selected Fouré Lagadec, a specialist in industrial maintenance for the energy sector, to develop a new tower assembly facility in the port of Brest, Brittany. The workshop will comprise around 35,000 m2 of the new polder in the port of the French city, from which the towers for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm will be supplied.
The tower production will begin at Haizea Wind’s facilities in the Port of Bilbao, where the towers will be manufactured and painted. Once this process has been completed, the towers will be sent to the workshop in the port of Brest, where the assembly of the internals will be completed. The 62 assembled towers will be delivered to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), the company that has been awarded the contract to supply turbines and towers for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind project that Ailes Marines is developing. Haizea Wind and Fouré Lagadec expect to begin the construction of the facility in 2022 and to deliver the first towers to the project’s developers and owners in 2023. This agreement could be extended to the Noirmoutier and Le Tréport wind farms.
Borja Zarraga, CEO of Haizea Wind, said “we are committed to developing this type of initiative given the current circumstances: the present situation calls for a transition towards more sustainable economies, and the creation of this facility will contribute to the economic, social and environmental development of the region. We are aware of the challenge of such a project, but we are confident that together with Fouré Lagadec, as well as Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Ailes Marines, the facility in the port of Brest will have a major positive impact. France is an important market for us, and we are aware of the importance of local content, and I am confident that when Fouré Lagadec’s reputation is combined with our experience and know-how, we will offer the best offshore towers to our customers.”
A key project for the development of wind power in France
Key figures for the Saint-Brieuc Bay offshore wind project:
- 75 km² area
- 62 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines, of 8 MW unit capacity
- 496 MW installed capacity
- 1,820 GWh/year output, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants, about 9% of the total consumption in Brittany.