Spanish-German wind engineering company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has secured 448 MW Courseulles-sur-Mer offshore wind project from the EDF Renewables-Enbridge-wpd consortium.
With this project, the total capacity awarded to Siemens Gamesa by the consortium in France reached approx 1 GW, and the 448 MW offshore wind power project is expected to be installed and commissioned by 2024.
Commenting on the project win, Marc Becker, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit, said, “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. 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 company said that it will produce both wind turbine nacelles and blades for this project at its Le Havre facility, which is currently under construction.
It also claimed that this facility will be the first in the world to manufacture complete offshore nacelles and blades under one roof.
Also, this project has been the largest industrial project in the French renewable energy industry to date and will be used to supply the company’s offshore wind projects in France and potentially abroad. However, the commencement of operation for the plant has been scheduled to take place during the first half of 2022.
Once fully operational, the plant is expected to create approx 750 direct and indirect jobs, particularly in the fields of composite materials, mechanical assembly, and logistics.
In 2020, the company signed 497 MW Fécamp offshore wind power project with the EDF Renewables-Enbridge-wpd consortium.