SNC-Lavalin Group company Atkins has secured a contract from Ailes Marines consortium for the front end engineering design (FEED) and detailed design of wind turbine jacket substructures for St Brieuc Offshore Wind Farm in northern France.
The Ailes Marines consortium comprises Iberdrola, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Caisse des dépôts.
Scope of work includes the design of 62 jackets for the Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines to meet challenging ground conditions.
The wind farm will cover a surface area of 75km², located some 20km off the French coast.
The wind farm, once operational in 2023, will have an installed capacity of 496MW, capable of generating enough clean energy for 835,000 people.
Atkins director of offshore wind Andy Thompson said: “This adds to our growing portfolio of offshore wind projects that provide clean energy and play a crucial part in Europe’s energy mix.
“It is important that as we work with an international supply chain, we advance the deployment of cost effective renewable energy technologies.”
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will make the turbines for the wind farm, 207m high each, which will be equipped with modern ‘direct drive’ technology.
Their blades, measuring almost 82m in length, will deliver a swept area that will be 18% larger than the previous model, along with 20% higher annual power production compared to their predecessor.
Atkins provides engineering and design services to the global offshore wind industry and has been involved in more than 10GW of offshore wind projects, including floating wind.
It is a design, engineering and project management consultancy, and has operations in the UK, North America, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe.
SNC-Lavalin, an integrated professional services and project management company, provides end-to-end project solutions, including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance to clients across oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure, clean power, nuclear and EDPM.
Image: A Fugro Synergy vessel carrying out boreholes and cone penetration tests in Saint-Brieuc bay. Photo: Courtesy of Renewable Energy Systems Ltd.