Acta Marine will charter its construction support operations vessel Acta Auriga to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. The vessel will perform commissioning activities of 71 offshore wind turbines at the Fécamp offshore wind farm and 64 offshore wind turbines at the Calvados offshore wind farm.

The walk-to-work (W2W) vessel Acta Auriga will be responsible for providing safe accommodation and transportation of cargo and project personnel and tools required for turbine commissioning.

Acta Auriga will begin on Fécamp, on behalf of Siemens Gamesa, in the second quarter of 2023, when the offshore wind turbine installation is expected to begin. Departing from the Port of Le Havre, the vessel will assist in the mechanical completion and commissioning of the Siemens Gamesa 7-MW offshore wind turbines located between 13 km and 22 km off the coast.

The vessel will provide the same service for the Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines located between 10 km and 16 km off the coast at the Calvados offshore wind farm in the second quarter of 2024. Acta Marine will engage various local stakeholders in the projects and will work with local suppliers including ship agencies and port authorities.

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Fécamp and Calvados

The Fécamp offshore windfarm, located off the coast of Fécamp, and the Calvados offshore windfarm, located off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer, are both owned by EDF Renewables, E.I.H. S.à r.l, a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. and CPP Investments, and wpd. The two projects will be the third and fourth offshore commercial wind farms in France.

It is a key milestone in the development of renewable energy in France and a vital step in the offshore wind sector to support France’s renewable energy goals. Commissioning is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023 for Fécamp and 2024 for Calvados. The Fécamp offshore wind farm will have an installed capacity of around 500 MW and Calvados of about 450 MW.

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