Ailes Marines has selected GE Grid Solutions to supply and install the main electrical equipment for the substation of the offshore wind farm in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc.
Saint-Brieuc / Paris / 16 September - 2020 - Ailes Marines, a company wholly owned by Iberdrola, in charge of the construction, installation and operation of the offshore wind farm in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, today announced the selection of GE Grid Solutions, a division of GE Renewable Energy, to supply the main electrical equipment for the substation of the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm.
GE Grid Solutions will be responsible for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the high voltage electrical equipment as well as the control and protection system for the substation.
GE Grid Solutions will design and manufacture the 72.5 kV and 220 kV metal-clad substations at its French plant in Aix-les-Bains. The substation control and protection system will be developed at its centre of excellence in Montpellier. The power transformers will be manufactured at its plant in Gebze, Turkey.
GE Grid Solutions is planning commissioning tests for the electrical substation during the year 2022.
The offshore electrical substation
The substation will be positioned in the centre of the Saint-Brieuc wind farm on a jacket foundation. It will house all of the wind farm's automated control systems, as well as all of the equipment required to ensure a reliable electrical link between the wind turbines and the onshore grid.
A key element of an offshore wind farm
The Saint-Brieuc substation will play a central role, collecting the electricity produced by the 62 wind turbines and raising the voltage, via power transformers, to limit energy losses when transferring electricity to the coast. In the offshore substation, the current is thus increased from 66,000 to 225,000 volts.
"We look forward to working alongside Ailes Marines to provide clean energy in France, thanks to our state-of-the-art substation technology and our expertise in integrating renewable energy into the terrestrial power grid. »
"This new partnership with GE Grid Solutions, concerning the electrical equipment for the substation of the Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm, will help to maintain skilled jobs in France. The green economy is a major source of industrialization and the creation of sustainable, high-quality jobs capable of stimulating activity at all stages of the value chain. After making good progress on the latest supply contracts, the project is moving into the construction phase with the support of all stakeholders as France accelerates its transition to a decarbonised economy. »
About Ailes Marines
Winner of a national tender with the Baie de Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project, AILES MARINES is in charge of the development, construction, installation and operation of the offshore wind farm. It is a simplified joint stock company (SAS), 100% owned by IBERDROLA Key figures for the Baie de Saint-Brieuc offshore wind project: - 75 km2 area - 62 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines, of 8 MW unit capacity - 496 MW installed capacity - 1,820 GWh/year output, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants (including heating) All information concerning the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project developed by the company Ailes Marines is available on the website https://ailes-marines.bzh/ You can follow Ailes Marines news on twitter @AilesMarines
- 75 km2 in area
- 62 8 MW Siemens-Gamesa wind turbines
- 496 MW of installed capacity
- 1,820 GWh/year of production, i.e. the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants (including heating)
About GE Grid Solutions
Grid Solutions is a division of GE Renewable Energy that employs more than 15,000 people in
80 countries and serves the needs of its customers worldwide. Grid Solutions helps industries and utilities improve the management of electricity; from the point of generation to the point of consumption, by optimizing grid reliability, efficiency and resilience. To learn more about GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions division, please visit :www.gegridsolutions.com.