Wind energy – France
Construction has just begun on the Calvados Offshore Windfarm operations and maintenance base on the Port of Caen-Ouistreham, France.
This operations and maintenance base is to be the workplace of some one hundred people from 2023. The works are the fruit of a working partnership which the teams at Calvados Offshore Windfarm and Ports of Normandy committed themselves to several years ago, and is part of a major programme of investment in the port.
The maintenance base will house a control and telecommunications room, changing rooms, offices and a warehouse area for the storage of the equipment needed for the maintenance of the windfarm. When fully complete, and for optimal production, it will operate 7 days a week.
The construction of the wind farm is progressing in line with the survey and consultation phases ongoing since 2007, as well as the connection works and marine exploration headed by RTE which are currently taking place.
“One of the highlights of the construction of Calvados Offshore Windfarm, the start of the works on the maintenance base at Ouistreham is the result of a long-term collaboration with the local stakeholders. One hundred people will work from here for the requirements of the operation and maintenance of the wind farm.” Bernard Guitton, Project Director for Calvados Offshore Windfarm (Courseulles-sur-Mer).
In November 2021 the final phase of the works (€9m) to improve working conditions for the port community and the amenities at the marina and to accommodate the transport vessels for the operation and maintenance personnel at Calvados Offshore Windfarm will commence.