A consortium consisting of EDF Renewables, Enbridge and wpd has announced the start of construction on the 448MW Calvados offshore wind project in France.
Featuring 64 wind turbines supplied by Siemens Gamesa, the wind farm will be able to produce the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of 630,000 people.
Located more than 10km from the Bessin coastline, the offshore wind project will occupy a total surface area of approximately 45km².
The Calvados project is estimated to be built with an investment of around €2bn.
During the construction phase, which is expected to last for three and a half-year, the project is expected to create over 1,000 direct jobs in Normandy.
In June 2018, the French government granted a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Calvados offshore wind farm.
The offshore wind project is expected to begin operations in 2024.
“The Saint-Nazaire, Fécamp and Calvados offshore wind farm projects awarded to EDF Renewables in the French government’s first call for tenders in 2012 are coming to fruition, with construction now underway,” said Bruno Bensasson, EDF Group Senior Executive Vice-President Renewable Energies and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Renewables.
The Calvados project is 42.5% owned by EDF Renewables, while the North American energy infrastructure company Enbridge also own similar amount of stake.
The remaining stake of 15% is owned by German company wpd.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), Saipem, Prysmian Group, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, GE Grid Solutions, SDI, and RTE are the contractors working for the project.
Saipem will be responsible for the monopile foundations, while Prysmian Group will be in-charge of the sub-sea cables connecting the wind turbines to the offshore substation.