Posted on December 10, 2020
A consortium has been selected to ensure marine coordination activities and implement mission critical communications solutions for Iberdrola’s 496MW Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project in France.
Iberdrola subsidiary Ailes Marines is in charge of the construction, installation and operation of the 103km2 wind farm in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, Brittany and has selected an Atos-led consortium to ensure the smooth running of all activities at sea. The foundation installation works is set to begin in the first quarter of 2021 and the wind farm is anticipated to be fully operational in 2023.
“Extreme environments call for extremely reliable communication solutions and we were looking for a French specialist to help coordinate and secure our first offshore wind farm in France,” said Javier Garcia Perez, president of Ailes Marines and international offshore director of Iberdrola.
“The experience of the Atos teams, their knowledge of offshore and the very specific digital and OT technologies associated with this area are very valuable to us.”
Atos, which setup the consortium with SeaRenergy, will implement a marine coordination centre located in Pleudaniel, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany, that will operate 24/7 during the construction stage.
This centre will enable Ailes Marines’ teams, in partnership with SeaRenergy, to register and track vessels and their crew in real time for onsite security, to ensure safety of the offshore operations in the farm or to plan and monitor offshore activities according to the weather forecast.
Atos will also set up a unified critical voice communication platform that will allow helicopters, ships, and operational teams working on the offshore farm to communicate seamlessly between them or with the coordination centre, in and around the wind farm.
Both systems will remain operational after the construction stage and will support Ailes Marines throughout the exploitation phase, when the 62 turbines will be operational.
By Rebecca Jeffrey