Leading France’s wind-power revolution, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded the firm order from the EDF Renewables-Enbridge-wpd consortium for the 448 MW Courseulles-sur-Mer offshore wind-power project. Located 10 kilometers off the Bessin coast, the project brings the total capacity awarded to Siemens Gamesa by the consortium in France to approximately 1 GW. Both the wind-turbine nacelles and blades for the Courseulles-sur-Mer project are scheduled to be produced at the Siemens Gamesa facility under construction in Le Havre.
“We are delighted to again be the partner of choice for EDF Renewables, Enbridge, and wpd, and to deliver our second firm French offshore order to them,” said Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit. “As we unlock more of the future of wind in France, we thank them for their vote of confidence in our technology, people, and ambitious growth plans in the country. Our facility in Le Havre and the Courseulles-sur-Mer project including service will provide local jobs and value for years to come.”
The 448 MW project will rely upon the stable technology of the SWT-7.0-154 Direct Drive offshore wind turbine, a part of the world’s most installed offshore turbine fleet. Installation and commissioning of the Courseulles-sur-Mer project is scheduled for 2024.
Together with the 497 MW Fécamp offshore wind-power project signed with the EDF Renewables-Enbridge-wpd consortium in 2020, Siemens Gamesa has now signed firm orders with them for approximately 1 GW, further cementing the company as the leader in the French offshore wind-power industry. Siemens Gamesa has an additional firm order in France for the 496 MW Bay of Saint Brieuc offshore wind-power plant with Ailes Marines. Siemens Gamesa has furthermore been named preferred supplier for the 496 MW Dieppe le Tréport and 496 MW Yeu Noirmoutier offshore wind projects.
The Siemens Gamesa facility under construction on the Quai Joannès Couvert in the Port of Le Havre will be the first in the world to manufacture complete offshore nacelles and blades under one roof. It is the largest industrial project in the French renewable energy industry to date and will be used to supply Siemens Gamesa offshore wind projects in France and potentially abroad. Start of operation for the plant is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2022.
Expected to create approximately 750 direct and indirect jobs when fully operational, particularly in the fields of composite materials, mechanical assembly, and logistics, the facility has already begun recruiting employees.
More than 1,000 Siemens Gamesa Direct Drive offshore wind turbines have been installed in all major offshore wind markets globally. They include the U.K., Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Taiwan, and the U.S., among others. Furthermore, confirmed orders for more than 1,000 additional Offshore Direct Drive turbines have been received for these markets and new offshore markets.
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