Eiffage secures offshore wind contract in France
By Catrin Jones20 December 2022
Eiffage, through Eiffage Métal and its Belgian subsidiary Smulders, has secured the contract from consortium Éoliennes en Mer Îles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier to manufacture 62 transition pieces for the future offshore wind farm near the Yeu and Noirmoutier islands off the coast of France.
The Éoliennes en Mer Îles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier consortium members are Ocean Winds (a joint ventrure between ENGIE and EDP Renováveis), Sumitomo Corp, La Banque des Territoires and Vendée Energie.
Eiffage said the secondary steel elements will be manufactured at the Smulders factory in Poland before being transported to Belgium, where the transition pieces will be assembled at its Hoboken site.
Production is anticipated to begin in spring 2023 for a staged release from the factory between early and mid-2024.
Each transition piece is said to measure 29.5 metres in height and 6 metres in diameter and the secondary steel structures will each weigh over 360 tonnes.
The Yeu and Noirmoutier islands offshore wind farm will have a total capacity of 496 MW and produce an average 1,900 GWh yearly to supply almost 800,000 people with sustainable electricity. The company says that commissioning is scheduled for 2025.