71 gravity foundations for Fécamp offshore wind farm installed

The 71 gravity foundations for the planned Fécamp offshore wind farm in Normandy, France, have been successfully installed.

The design, building, and installation of the wind farm’s 71 concrete Gravity Based Structures (GBS) have been given to a partnership led by the Dutch Royal Boskalis Westminster and included the French company Bouygues Travaux Publics and the Italian Saipem.

Another Dutch company, Heerema Marine Contractors, installed the gravity-based foundations utilizing Sleipnir crane vessel.

The wind farm will feature 71 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 7 MW turbines to be manufactured in France. The turbines will be connected to the gravity-based foundations installed on the seabed at depths between 25 and 30 meters.

The wind farm is being built by Éolien Maritime France (EMF), a partnership between EDF Renewables, Enbridge, and wpd. The 498MW Fecamp offshore wind farm is located in the English Channel, off the coast of northern France. More than 770,000 home electricity needs might be met by the project’s output.

“Congratulations to the EDF teams and the entire industrial chain involved in this technical challenge, in line with our ambition for Energy Transition,” said Jean-Bernard Lévy CEO and chairman of EDF, via social media.

Image source: EDF

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