Offshore Wind Farm: Work Begins in Calvados


The Clavods offshore wind farm is expected to supply the equivalent of 630,000 people per year with electricity. The construction of the park will take 3 years and will mobilize more than 1700 direct and indirect jobs in the region. Its cost is estimated at 2 billion EUR.

The Calvados offshore wind farm: 450 MW of power

This offshore wind farm in Calvados should develop 450 MW of power by 2024. It will allow the equivalent of 630,000 people to be supplied with electricity annually.

The 64 wind turbines will be produced by Siemens Gamesa and its turbine factory in Le Havre. The design, manufacture and installation of the wind farm’s electrical substation is entrusted to Atlantique Offshore Energy.

1750 direct and indirect jobs

The construction of the offshore wind farm in Calvados will create more than 1,000 jobs in Normandy. In addition, the turbine manufacturing plant in Le Havre will create a total of 750 jobs. This factory will build turbines for the offshore wind farm in Calvados, but also for the one in Fécamp.

In total, the consortium plans to create 300 permanent jobs, including 100 local jobs, for all of its projects. This project will contribute to the development of theoffshore wind industry in France.

20-year power purchase agreement

The park benefits from a 20-year power purchase agreement granted by the State. This contract was awarded in June 2018. That is 6 years after the award of the public procurement contract to the consortium. The order for the turbines from Siemens Gamesa also includes a 15-year service and maintenance contract.

10 years of consultation for a historic and ecological project

The project is the result of 10 years of consultation with local stakeholders. Initiated in 2012, this project required extensive environmental studies by expert engineering firms. Associations for the protection of nature and the environment have been consulted on the construction of the wind farm. A dialogue with the fishing professionals was also necessary for the finalization of the project.

Also, the proximity of the D-Day landing beaches has created problems concerning the history of the site and the duty to remember. These particular issues required the creation of a working group composed of veterans and victims of war.

An experienced consortium

The consortium is made up of leaders in wind energy construction and includes EDF Renewables, Enbridge and wdp. All of them have acquired know-how in the construction of wind farm projects.

The offshore project in Calvados is the third project undertaken by this consortium. In this sense, in 2012 the consortium had already won the offshore wind projects of Saint-Nazaire, Fécamp.

The Calvados offshore substation will be largely identical to those initiated in Saint-Nazaire and Fécamp. This feedback will allow the consortium to optimize the construction, maintenance and operation of its various offshore wind farms.

4 other offshore wind farms in development

This project demonstrates the ambition ofEDF Renewables, Enbridge and wpd to confirm their status as leaders in offshore wind farms. In parallel to the Calvados offshore wind farm, 4 other wind farms, such as the one in Dunkirk, are under development. Thus, the consortium marks another step towards increasing French renewable energy production.

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