Siemens Gamesa Saint Brieuc switch approved

FRANCE: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply its newest 8MW offshore turbine for the 496MW Saint Brieuc project, after the French government authorised a switch from Adwen's model.

Siemens Gamesa's SG 8.0-167 DD turbine has a power-mode option to raise output to 9MW

It will provide 62 of its SG 8.0-167 DD for the site off the Bretagne coast in northwest France, replacing Adwen’s AD-180 turbine.

The French government had previously approved a switch from Adwen’s 8MW turbine to SGRE’s at the Dieppe-Le Tréport and Iles d'Yeu-Noirmoutier projects — both of which have a capacity of 496MW.

Adwen now has no orders remaining for its 8MW offshore turbine.

SGRE dropped Adwen’s AD8 turbine to focus on just one 8MW machine in September.

It unveiled the 8MW model, which has a power-mode option to hit 9MW, at WindEurope’s annual conference in Amsterdam.

Siemens Gamesa is also providing three 8MW turbines for the 24MW Provence Grand floating project. In total, it has orders to install 189 of its direct-drive 8MW turbines off the coast of France.

The SG 8.0-167 DD has a rotor diameter of 167 metres — with blades nearly 62 metres long — enabling a rotor swept area 18% larger and annual energy production 20% higher than its 7MW predecessor, the SWT-7.0-154, the manufacturer stated.