Belgian marine contractor DEME, energy company Shell and French marine renewable technology specialist Quadran Energies Marines are partnering up to bid for the French Dunkirk offshore wind farm under the name ‘Moulins de Flandre’.
The call for tender opened last week. The 500 MW Dunkirk offshore wind farm is to be developed off the coast at Dunkirk in Belgium. The industrial partnership aim to construct a competitive and ambitious industrial project that has the opportunity to make Dunkirk into an industrial model of offshore wind energy in France and to create a sustainable economic sector.
Tako Keja, the project director, says in an official press release by DEME: “Our industrial partnership for Moulins de Flandre allows us to co-construct, with the local area, an application based on realistic, concrete and direct commitments. This means that if the application of Moulins de Flandre is selected, the partnership has made a commitment to establish the maintenance hub of the wind farm in Dunkirk. This is a project that would generate around 150 local jobs for the whole life cycle of the wind farm, i.e. a minimum of 25 years, in addition to what we have already achieved with other offshore wind farms in the North Sea.
The Moulins de Flandre teams have already set up meetings with members of the industrial networks in Dunkirk and the Hauts de France region 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.