Press release

The assembly of the wind turbine masts
of the Saint-Brieuc park will be carried out on the
Brest polder

Saint-Brieuc / Paris – March 26, 2021

Ailes Marines announces today the location on the polder of the port of Brest, of the assembly of the 62 wind turbine masts of the Saint-Brieuc park. This industrial plan includes the creation of new production capacity located at the port of Brest and will mobilize at least 35 new jobs during the completion of the work.

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The beginnings of a new industrial sector in France

Under the leadership of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Ailes Ailes Marines , the offshore wind industry in France will now participate in the production of offshore wind turbine masts.
These masts will be intended for the SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines which will equip the Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm.
The assembly of the 62 masts in Brest is part of the continuity of the industrial plan initiated by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy triggered by the Saint-Brieuc project, with its factory dedicated to the manufacture of wind turbines located in the port of Le Havre (76) , which will ultimately mobilize 750 jobs.

A new industrial activity at the marine energy terminal at the port of Brest

The French company Fouré Lagadec, a specialist in industrial maintenance and boilermaking dedicated to energy, and the Spanish company Haizea Wind, manufacturer of wind turbine masts and offshore foundations, were selected by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to assemble the masts of the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines intended for the Saint Brieuc wind farm.
The industrial plan proposed by the partner companies includes the creation of new industrial capacity financed to the tune of 11.8 million euros by the company Ailes Marines .
Construction work on this new assembly unit should start at the beginning of 2022 with commissioning planned for the end of 2022. This construction and civil engineering work will also result in the employment of local labor and services while throughout this year before starting.
“Thanks to the experience of our partner Haizea Wind and the impetus given by Siemens Gamesa and Ailes Marines , we hope to be able to take on a major industrial challenge: proving the viability and competitiveness of a mast manufacturing sector. offshore wind turbines in France. The potential and promises of development of the French and European market give us hope, but it will take the mobilization of all private and public stakeholders to succeed in this industrial challenge” declared Vincent Poulard, Director of the North-West region of Fouré Lagadec.

At least 285 jobs mobilized in and around the port of Brest for the Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm

After the installation of the activity linked to the foundations of the offshore wind farm, this new unit allows the creation of at least 35 new industrial jobs on the terminal dedicated to marine energies. These jobs include, among others, mechanical assemblers, industrial electricians and logisticians. The technician recruitment procedure should start in mid-2022.

The assembly work of the 62 x 3 mast sections will take place over a period of approximately 8 months.

These at least 35 new jobs are in addition to the 250 other jobs already mobilized by Navantia-Windar and their Breton subcontractors for the manufacture of elements of the foundations which will equip the Saint-Brieuc park.

There are therefore no less than 285 jobs mobilized in and around the port of Brest for the offshore wind farm project.

“From the start of the project in 2012, Ailes Marines has aimed to make the Saint-Brieuc park a driver of economic development for the region. Ailes Marines welcomes the creation of this new production tool on the Brest polder, which will allow the region to mobilize and develop industrial skills and expertise in the renewable marine energy sectors, declared Javier Garcia Perez President of ' Ailes Marines and International Offshore Director of Iberdrola.

The port of Brest anchored in renewable marine energies

The project to create the EMR terminal at the port of Brest was initiated, supported and financed by the Brittany Region and its partners, the Finistère Departmental Council, Brest Métropole and the Metropolitan CCI of Bretagne Ouest.
The terminal, with an area of ​​50 hectares, is intended to accommodate industrial companies specializing in marine renewable energies (MRE);
installed wind turbine, floating wind turbine, tidal turbine and their industrial tools. Thanks to this port area with direct maritime access, the Brittany Region and the port of Brest contribute to the development of this new MRE sector.

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About Ailes Marines

Winner in April 2012 of a national call for projects with the Saint-Brieuc Bay offshore wind farm project, AILES MARINES is in charge of the development, construction, installation and operation of the park. offshore wind farm. It is a simplified joint stock company (SAS), 100% owned by IBERDROLA.
The key figures of the Saint-Brieuc Bay offshore wind project:

  • 75 km2 of area
  • 62 Siemens-Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines
  • 496 MW of installed power
  • 1,820 GWh/year of production, i.e. the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants (heating included)

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