Navantia Fene has completed the assembly of the first jacket for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, which Iberdrola is building in Brittany, France.
This construction milestone has taken place after the reception of the first batch of components manufactured in the port of Brest. The components have been assembled to the main blocks manufactured in Fene by the UTE Navantia-Windar and its collaborating companies.
This manoeuvre has been carried out with a 1,600 tonne crawler crane, due to the dimensions and weight of these jackets, more than 74 metres and 1,100 tonnes.
At the same time, 40 of the 62 jackets included in the contract with Iberdrola are already in different construction phases.
In the coming months and until the delivery of the last units, scheduled for the third quarter of 2022, this programme will generate peaks of 1,000 jobs in the region, in addition to the workload carried out by Spanish companies in the port of Brest, which has enabled the creation of some 2,000 jobs in France.
Saint-Brieuc, with an investment of 2,400 million euros, is Iberdrola’s first offshore wind energy project in France. The farm, with a total installed capacity of 496 megawatts (MW), and its output will enable the supply of clean energy to a population equivalent of 835,000 people; nearly 9% of Brittany’s total electricity consumption.
Saint-Brieuc has a high participation of Spanish companies in its construction: the jackets and piles will be built and assembled by Navantia-Windar, in Fene and Avilés (Asturias), respectively; the wind turbines will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa and the Basque company Haizea Wind will carry out the assembly of the towers.