Acta Marine and Siemens Gamesa have agreed to a charter agreement for the Acta Auriga, a construction support operations vessel, to help with the commissioning of 71 wind turbines at the Fécamp offshore wind farm and 64 turbines at the Calvados offshore wind farm.
The Dutch company Acta Marine, which owns and operates the vessel Acta Auriga, will be in charge of providing secure housing for and transportation of cargo, project personnel, and equipment needed for turbine commissioning. In the second quarter of 2023, when the installation of the offshore wind turbines is anticipated to start, Acta Auriga will begin on Fécamp for Siemens Gamesa.
The vessel will help with the mechanical completion and commissioning of 71 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW offshore wind turbines that are situated 13 to 22 kilometers off the coast as it departs from the Port of Le Havre. The vessel will offer the same service for the 64 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines located between 10 and 16 kilometers off the coast, which is also scheduled for the second quarter of 2024.
Acta Marine will work with local suppliers, including ship agencies and port authorities, and will involve a variety of local stakeholders in the projects.
Offshore wind farms
The Calvados offshore wind farm, off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer, and the Fécamp offshore wind farm, off the coast of Fécamp, are both owned by EDF Renewables, E.I.H. S.à r.l., an Enbridge Inc. and CPP Investments subsidiary, and wpd. The two projects will be France’s third and fourth commercial offshore wind farms, respectively. It represents a significant turning point in France’s pursuit of renewable energy and an important development for the offshore wind industry. For Fécamp and Calvados, commissioning is expected to be finished by the end of 2023 and 2024, respectively.