Offshore wind power. A record order for Chantiers de l’Atlantique

Offshore wind power. A record order for Chantiers de l’Atlantique
Offshore wind power. A record order for Chantiers de l’Atlantique

Visiting Saint-Nazaire, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire announced the order for electrical substations for three offshore wind farms. A 4.5 billion contract signed by RTE (manager of the transport network of electricity) half of which will go to Chantiers de l’Atlantique and the other to Hitachi Energy which designed the system to provide direct current (previous generations send alternating current into the network). These substations will equip three future offshore wind farms in New Aquitaine (Oléron) and Normandy.

“A substation is the equivalent of a medium-sized ocean liner,” declared Laurent Casting, CEO of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, which is now reaping the benefits of a diversification strategy launched a long time ago. about fifteen years.

“While construction site activity was declining, in Saint-Nazaire, we were able to capitalize on and count on the capacity of our local industry to reinvent itself in the service of the energy transition,” rejoices David Samzun, mayor of Saint-Nazaire and president of Saint-Nazaire Agglomération. “It is a real pride for us Nazairians to have had an extraordinary intuition in deciding to support the creation of an offshore wind power sector, and to welcome the first offshore wind farm off the coast of our coasts. »

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