As part of its application for the competitive dialogue (No. 1/2016) concerning offshore wind turbines off the coast at Dunkirk, DEME, an expert in the design, construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms, preselected by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for this project, is announcing the creation of an industrial partnershipwith French marine renewable technology specialist Quadran Energies Marines and the global energy company Shell.
Called Moulins de Flandre, the aim of this application is to construct – as a partnership with all of the participants across the local area – a competitive and ambitious industrial project to benefit an emerging energy sector.
Moulins de Flandre is drawing on experience from the 50 existing offshore wind farms which have already been constructed throughout Europe
The partners’ strengths lie in their complementary expertise and successes in more than 50 offshore wind farm projects across Europe. The three industrial companies are uniting for a joint application, Moulins de Flandre, to propose a reliable, competitive and effective industrial project, which is notably distinguished by:
Anchoring in the region for the short, medium and long term: the Moulins de Flandre teams have spent the last few months meeting with members of the industrial networks in Dunkirk and the Hauts de France region, in their offices at the port of Dunkirk. The aim is to bring together all participants in the project to create sustainable relationships. These include research centres, universities, industrial sub-contractor SMEs, sea users (fishermen, recreational boaters, divers, etc.), dock workers, residents’ associations, tourism bodies, etc.
Control of the whole of the value chain: Moulins de Flandre combines the industrial know-how of DEME (large maritime and offshore wind projects), the expertise of Quadran Energies Marines (renewable energy) and Shell’s experience (various energy applications). This control of the whole of the value chain, which will be present from the very start of the project, constitutes an unprecedented approach to an offshore wind farm project.