Ailes Marines and Siemens Gamesa sign the contract for the supply of wind turbines for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm
Saint-Brieuc / Paris - May 29, 2020 - Ailes Marines, Iberdrola's subsidiary in charge of the development, construction, installation and operation of the offshore wind farm in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, announced today the signing of the contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the supply of the 62 wind turbines of the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm.
A major importance in France
This contract marks the final investment decision for this €2.4 billion project, and underlines Ailes Marines' commitment to the sustainable economic recovery of French industry through the implementation of a well-defined industrial plan, which will lead to the creation of new plants and highly skilled jobs in the renewable energy sector in France.
The wind turbines for the Saint-Brieuc wind farm will be manufactured in France, at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's custom-built industrial site in the port of Le Havre (76), where the blades, nacelles and generators will be manufactured. This site also includes a logistics area dedicated to the installation of offshore wind projects. Manufacturing will begin in 2021 and will create 750 jobs.
On the other hand and as announced in September 2019, certain components of the foundations of the wind turbines will be assembled on a dedicated 11 hectare site on the polder of the port of Brest. The heavy lift quay in Brest, as well as potentially other French ports, will be used for construction, logistics and transport of components to the wind farm.
Saint-Brieuc is a project of major importance in the context of the energy transition and the fight against global warming in France. The construction phase is scheduled to begin in 2021. Once the wind farm is fully operational in 2023, the 496 megawatts will produce enough renewable energy to meet the needs of nearly 835,000 consumers.
"As we emerge from the current crisis, renewable energies will be essential to Europe's economic recovery. By making our final decision to invest €2.4 billion in this offshore wind farm and concluding the largest contract for the project, we are demonstrating that at Iberdrola we are delivering on our promises to continue our record investment plans to support our supply chain and create thousands of sustainable jobs. »
"By selecting Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's 8 MW wind turbines, the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm is guaranteed to benefit from the most advanced and efficient technology on the market. Through this project, Ailes Marines is fully committed to the development of the French offshore wind energy industry; an industry that creates thousands of highly qualified jobs, thus contributing to the sustainable economic and industrial recovery in France and to the objective of achieving zero net emissions thanks to renewable energies. »
"This signature is a major step in the realisation of the first wind farm project in Brittany and is a pillar for the launch of our industrial project in Le Havre. It is good news for the ecological transition in France and Brittany, as well as for the restructuring of the sector and the creation of sustainable jobs in the region. We are very proud to be the industrial partner of Ailes Marines in this superb territorial project. »
Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm
Located 16.3 kilometres off the coast of Brittany, the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm will be equipped with 62 8 MW SG 8.0-167 DD direct-drive wind turbines, supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and perfectly adapted to the wind and sea conditions that characterise the Bay of Saint-Brieuc.
With a maximum blade tip height of 207 metres and a rotor diameter of 167 metres, the direct-drive platform developed by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the world leader in offshore wind energy, benefits from unrivalled feedback. Since 2006, more than 1,000 direct-drive wind turbines have been installed and commissioned on offshore wind farms in Europe and around the world.
Saint-Brieuc will be the fourth offshore wind farm developed in Europe by Iberdrola and equipped with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy offshore wind turbines, after West of Duddon Sands in the Irish Sea (108 3.6 MW turbines), Wikinger in the Baltic Sea (70 5 MW turbines) and East Anglia One off the UK coast (102 7 MW turbines).
Iberdrola is a world leader in energy, the number one producer of wind energy and one of the largest electricity producers in the world in terms of market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to nearly 100 million people in dozens of countries, including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Italy and France. With more than 35,000 employees and assets in excess of €122 billion, the company achieved a turnover of €6,438 million and a net profit of more than €3,406 million in 2019.
Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model, investing in renewable energies, smart electricity grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation in order to offer the most technologically advanced products and services to its customers. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest rates of carbon emissions, and is an international benchmark for its contribution to sustainable development and the fight against global warming.