Ailes Marines inaugurates the temporary technical base of the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in the port of Saint-Malo
On February 24, Ailes Marines, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, inaugurated the temporary technical base of the offshore wind farm in Saint-Brieuc. The inauguration was attended by Daniel Cueff, Vice-President of the Brittany Region and Stéphane Alain Riou, Director of Iberdrola France's offshore wind farm in the port of Saint-Malo.
This technical base will temporarily allow the realization of the maintenance operations of the park, via the ship EDDA Goëlo. This vessel will be operational from the second half of 2023 for a maximum period of 5 years. During this period, Ailes Marines hopes to finalize the installation of the maintenance base in the port of Saint-Quay-Portrieux, in the Côtes d'Armor.
The temporary technical base in the port of Saint-Malo, which will be used for maintenance activities during the first few years of operation of the wind farm, consists of a 210-square-meter administrative area that can accommodate about 20 people and a 120-square-meter technical area. These activities will be carried out by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's technical teams, who will work on the site of the wind farm with the SOV (Service Operation Vessel - technical support vessel) EDDA Goëlo.
The EDDA Goëlo will carry Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy technicians, Ailes Marines operating personnel, and workers for work on the substation, foundations, cables, etc., as well as the spare parts needed for maintenance operations. It can accommodate up to 40 technicians and 20 crew members. The ship will work in the park in two-week shifts. Every 14 days on average, it will then return to port to resupply and change crew. This same ship will start working on the Saint-Brieuc park in 2023.
This solution remains temporary, however, until the maintenance base in the port of Saint-Quay-Portrieux becomes a reality. Establishing the future maintenance base in the port of Saint-Quay-Portrieux represents a real economic opportunity for the Côtes-d'Armor territory, with approximately 80 direct jobs mobilized for the maintenance activities of the 62 wind turbines for the entire duration of the park's operation, at least 25 years.
After 2 feasibility studies, technical and economic, the port of Saint-Quay-Portrieux presents all the necessary conditions for the maintenance vessels to carry out their operations.