Stirling-based Natural Power helps develop French tidal power project

Searoc helped develop EDF offshore Teesside wind farm
Searoc helped develop EDF offshore Teesside wind farm

Stirling-based Natural Power and sister company SeaRoc have joined forces to develop their offshore energy capabilities in France.

This has now resulted in the two companies, led from Natural Power’s Nantes office, being awarded a contract by EDF to oversee the HSE and marine operations for the continued development of the Paimpol–Bréhat Tidal Farm which is being constructed off the coast of Paimpol–Bréhat in North Brittany.

SeaRoc has been working with EDF on the project since 2011, providing marine and HSE advice and offshore client representation for the marine operations carried out to date. 

This included deployment and recovery of the OpenHydro turbine, installation of the main export cable, cable stabilisation and protection works, and the post-installation surveys and inspections.

This first-hand experience of the project, coupled with Natural Power’s local, French-speaking team, and their extensive experience of planning and development, legislative requirements, planning law and knowledge of the French market, presented the ideal solution to EDF as it moves the tidal farm from the deployment and testing of a single prototype tidal turbine to the installation of an array of multiple grid-connected devices.

Thierry Ripoche, Managing Director, Natural Power France, said: “This opportunity showcases our ability to meet the growing needs of the European market and support our clients to safely and effectively develop ground breaking projects.”

Natural Power France has a long standing relationship with EDF having provided consultancy services on a range of offshore developments in French waters. Until now, services provided have mainly focused on development phases, for example Environmental Impact Assessment and ornithological expertise for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm project (480 MW) and the Calvados offshore wind farm project (450 MW).

SeaRoc has previously worked with EDF in the UK on a number of projects, most recently in the role of Principal Contractor to oversee construction of EDF’s first offshore wind farm at Teesside in north-east England.

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