A consortium of Royal Boskalis Westminster, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Saipem has secured a €552m contract to build foundations for the Fécamp offshore wind farm in France.

The contract was awarded by Eoliennes Offshore des Hautes Falaises (EOHF).

As per the terms of the contract, the consortium will be responsible for design, construction and installation of 71 concrete foundations known as Gravity-Based Structures (GBS).

Construction will take place between 13km and 22km off the coast of Fécamp in Normandy. The gravity-based foundations will be installed on the seabed at depths between 25m and 30m, and will be connected to Fécamp offshore wind farm’s 71 wind turbines.

The contract value will be shared among the three companies with Bouygues Travaux Publics and Saipem receiving 40.5% share, while the remaining 19% will be held by Boskalis.

For this project, Bouygues and Saipem will be responsible for the design, construction and installation of 71 GBS foundations on the seabed. Boskalis will design and prepare of the seabed rock foundation before their installation. It will also provide scour protection and ballasting for the GBS.

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Each foundation weighs around 5,000 tonnes is expected to provide the required stability for the 7MW wind turbines.

The foundations will be manufactured at Bougainville maritime works yard in the Grand Port Maritime of Le Havre and will be delivered at the site by barge. Works are expected to begin in the next few days and expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

Fécamp offshore wind farm is expected to commence operations in 2023 and generate nearly 500MW of clean energy to meet the electricity requirements of approximately 770,000 people.

Last December, Boskalis was awarded an offshore wind contract in Taiwan and pipeline installation contract in Denmark.