Prysmian to Provide Cables for French Offshore Wind Farms

Eolien Maritime France, a partnership between French company EDF Energies Nouvelles and Canadian company Enbridge, has awarded Italy's Prysmian Group with the design, supply and installation of inter array cables for two offshore wind farms, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-Mer. The wind farms are located off the northern coast of France. The contracts, worth over €200 million ($233.2 million) are expected to proceed in early autumn.
Prysmian to Provide Cables for French Offshore Wind Farms

A third project for the Saint Nazaire wind farm, also owned by Eolien Maritime France, with a value for Prysmian in excess of €20 million ($23.3 million), is in the process of being secured in a consortium between Prysmian and Louis Dreyfus Travocean.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced in June that the government and the developers had re-negotiated the feed-in tariffs for the previously approved offshore wind projects allowing them to go forward.

At that time, Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF, stated, “At the end of this period of negotiations with the State, we are delighted with the confirmation of our three projects under conditions that allow the creation of a national industrial sector for offshore wind power of nearly 7,000 direct jobs and indirect.” 

Within these projects, Prysmian will provide 33 kV three–core submarine cable systems with XLPE insulation with a total for the three wind farms of around 345 km of cables.

The Fécamp wind farm project will involve connecting 83 wind turbine generators (WTG) with a total capacity of 498 MW. The wind farm will consist of 83 GE Energy Haliade turbines (power 6 000 kW, diameter 150.8 m) with a hub height of 100 m.

The Courseulles-sur-Mer project will connect 75 WTGs with a total capacity of 450 MW. The wind farm will consist of 75 GE Energy Haliade turbines (power 6 000 kW, diameter 150.8 m) with a hub height of 100 m.

Cable, accessories and terminating services shall be provided by Prysmian for the 80 WTGs for the 480 MW capacity of Saint Nazaire.

These projects will lead to the construction of France’s first large-scale offshore wind farms. Prysmian will rely on the available facilities of General Cable’s subsidiary NSW. Cable cores will be manufactured at the company’s center of excellence in Montereau-fault-yonne, France, and then assembled and finished in Nordenham, Germany.  

On Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-Mer, Prysmian will be the turn-key solution provider and shall supply and install all inter-array cables between the WTGs. Delivery and commissioning of the cables is expected during the period 2020-2022, depending on the individual project timelines.


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