Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is set to supply turbines for the 497-megawatt (MW) Fecamp offshore wind project located off the coast of Normandy, France, SGRE announced Tuesday.
In April 2019, EMF, a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Canada-based Enbridge Inc. picked Siemens Gamesa as the preferred turbine supplier for the project after GE Renewable Energy dropped out as the exclusive supplier.
According to SGRE's press release, this offshore wind turbine plant is the largest industrial project in the French renewable energy industry to date and will be used to supply Siemens Gamesa offshore wind projects in France and potentially abroad.
The start of plant operations is scheduled between the end of 2021 and early 2022.
Offshore wind nacelles and blades for both projects totaling almost 1 gigawatt (GW) will be manufactured at Siemens Gamesa's offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant in Le Havre, France.
"The 20-hectare factory will be the first in the world to manufacture all main offshore wind turbine components under one roof as previously announced," the statement said.
The agreement also includes a future provision for Siemens Gamesa to service the turbines for a period of up to 15 years. The projects are expected to use 71 units of SWT-7.0-154 offshore wind turbines.
By Gokce Kucuk Topbas