Blog [Interview]


Portraits of the project actors:
Caroline Thiébaud, Head of preparation
& technical coordination

Every year, March 8 celebrates International Women's Day.
Ailes Marines , in this context, wanted to highlight the women who work
every day to advance the project.
Focus on their journeys, their missions and their daily motivations.


What is your background ?

Originally, I have a background in marine engineering , with a specialization in offshore renewable energy . I graduated in 2011.

To start, I worked for 5 years for a large design office offshore electrical interconnection projects as well as tidal and wind turbine projects.

I then returned to France to pursue my career, still in a design office and with a stint at RTE ( Electricity Transmission Network) to work on French industrial projects . Ailes Marines teams in 2019.

How long have you been working on the project?

I have been working on the Saint-Brieuc project since August 2019.

What is your part ?

I am in charge of coordinating the various works at sea and their technical preparation.

More specifically, I work on the installation strategy and coordination of different work packages, such as:

  • the foundations (installation of piles and installation of jackets ),
  • the installation of submarine cables , but also of the electrical substation and wind turbines .

The objective is to ensure that the installation campaigns for each of these batches are ready (from a technical point of view) and as risk-free as possible. This is essential so that the work can take place safely and within the project deadlines and the environment in which it takes place. The installation strategy for the various works is also essential to effectively meet the objectives of commissioning the wind farm and reselling the electricity produced.

What do you like most about your mission?

What I appreciate most about my mission is the transversality of the role .

I am delighted to be able to work with all the project teams and have a global vision to successfully complete the work and commission the park. I find this to be incredibly rich .

I learn a lot about the different types of work , technical constraints and operational needs . I particularly appreciate the dynamism of my colleagues and the team spirit . It is important to be united and have great respect for each other, especially during work at sea where the stakes are such that they can quickly increase the pressure.

If you had to describe your mission in 3 words?

To describe my activity, I would opt for the words: Coordination, Optimization and Performance.

Why did you enter the
Marine Renewable Energy sector?

I have been aware of climate issues since high school, which motivated my academic career and my desire to work in the energy sector .

Marine Renewable Energy took time to take off in France, which is why I sought to have a first professional experience in the United Kingdom, where it was booming. I was able to capitalize on this experience and I am now very proud to be able to contribute to the planning and execution of the work on the Saint-Brieuc project. Note that this will be the second offshore wind farm to be built in France.

I am delighted that the government's recent announcements confirm a strong desire to develop the French offshore wind industry . This will help develop this industrial sector by creating jobs and real know-how in the field.


Women's rights: the fight against inequalities

A real social issue, the fight against inequalities continually continues its fight.

For more than 40 years, the United Nations has placed this cause at the heart of its sustainable development goals , stating that " Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, it is also a foundation necessary for the establishment of a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

In order to become aware of the key figures revolving around this theme, an assessment is drawn up each year in order to monitor the progress linked to this fight, as well as the challenges that remain, on a global scale.

As a reminder

Among the notable advances of recent decades, we report:

  • More girls in school
  • Fewer girls forced into early marriage
  • More women in leadership positions or a place in parliament
  • Laws and reforms intended to advance gender equality

Despite this progress, many  challenges  still remain:

  • Persistent discriminatory laws and social norms
  • The underrepresentation of women at all levels of political power
  • The rate of women having suffered physical or sexual violence

Together, let's continue to fight against inequalities.