DEME’s new generation vessel “Orion” successfully installs the jacket and topside of the Fécamp offshore substation

DEME Offshore has successfully installed the offshore substation of the Fécamp offshore wind farm, deploying “Orion”, the latest member of the DEME fleet and the most innovative vessel in the offshore wind industry, according to the company’s press release.

“Orion” has now installed the 1,300 ton liner and 2,200 ton top, completing the project on schedule on August 11th.

Four months previously, DEME had carried out the pre-installation of the foundations of the offshore substation using another member of the fleet, the jack-up vessel DP2 “Sea Installer”. DEME Offshore’s unique underwater pattern facilitated seamless installation, even in harsh environmental and ground conditions.

In August 2021, DEME installed the very first offshore substation in France on the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, deploying Allseas’ “Pioneering Spirit” heavy transport vessel. The successful installations of the Fécamp and Saint-Nazaire substations once again demonstrate DEME Offshore’s ability to carry out technically demanding and pioneering projects.

The Fécamp electrical substation was built by a consortium comprising Atlantique Offshore Energy, the Chantiers de l’Atlantique business unit dedicated to marine renewable energies, GE Grid Solutions and SDI, the French subsidiary of the DEME group.

The same consortium was also selected to design, manufacture and install the electrical substations for the Saint-Nazaire and Courseulles-sur-Mer offshore wind farms in France.

DEME is a leading contractor in the fields of offshore energy, environmental remediation, dredging and marine infrastructure. DEME also carries out concession activities in the areas of offshore wind power, marine infrastructure, green hydrogen and mining.