Navantia and Windar will manufacture 62 ‘jackets’ for a 496 MW Ocean Winds wind farm in France


Ocean Winds has signed a capacity reserve agreement with the Navantia-Windar consortium to manufacture 62 ‘jackets’ for wind turbines to be built in Fene (A Coruña), destined for its Dieppe le Tréport offshore wind farm, in northern waters from France.

As reported by Navantia, the project, which is the largest awarded to Navantia Seanergies -the brand for the public company’s green energy business- and Windar to date, will soon materialize in a contract.

Specifically, the French park of Dieppe Le Tréport will have a generation capacity of 496 megawatts (MW), enough to supply sustainable electricity to some 850,000 people a year from 2026.

The park is owned by the consortium formed by the Spanish company Ocean Winds (formed by the French Engie and the Portuguese EDP Renováveis), the Japanese Sumitomo Corporation and the French financial institution Banque des Territoires.

Manufacturing work will begin at the Fene shipyard in the first quarter of 2023 with an approximate duration of two years and four million working hours.

The ‘jackets’ are a type of fixed foundation made of steel that serves as the base for wind turbines that are installed in the sea. Those in this contract will be four-legged jackets, weighing around 1,000 tons.

In addition, Navantia Seanergies will build two substation ‘jackets’ in Puerto Real, one of them for the electrical substation of this park and the second for the Îles d’Yeu et Noirmoutier park.

Both projects have reserved capacity in Puerto Real since last June. This same project will also provide additional employment for Windar Renovables, which will manufacture 248 batteries at its facilities in Avilés.

Ocean Winds already announced last July the contracting of 14 monopiles from Navantia-Windar in 2022 to be built at the new Fene factory. Monopiles are a type of fixed foundation, different from the jacket, which consists of a single pillar for each wind turbine.