EDF, Enbridge and wpd have started construction of the Fécamp offshore wind farm after reaching financial close.
The 500 MW project will comprise 71 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) wind turbines installed 13-22 km from the coast of northwest France. A Bouygues Travaux Publics-led consortium will design, build and install the project’s wind turbine foundations, while a consortium led by Chantiers de l’Atlantique will build the offshore substation.
The project partners concluded financing agreements for the €2 billion project at the end of May. The majority of the capital will be financed through non-recourse debt.
SGRE will supply 71 of its 7.0-154 turbines, which will be mounted on concrete gravity-based structures installed in water depths between 25 and 30 m. Bouygues and Saipem are responsible for the design, construction and installation of the foundations, while Boskalis will design and prepare the seabed. Chantiers de l'Atlantique, plus GE Grid Solutions and SDI will deliver the offshore substation.
RTE, which is responsible for connecting the wind farm from the substation to the coast and then to Normandy's electricity grid, will start its onshore work in June.
Project commissioning is scheduled for 2023.