Luxembourg-headquartered maritime contractor Jan De Nul Group has signed its first offshore wind construction contract in France, with its subsidiary Sodraco International set to transport and install 80 GE Renewables turbines for the 480MW Saint-Nazaire project.

The assignment, awarded by Parc du Banc de Guérande, a joint venture between French developer EDF Renewables and Canadian energy infrastructure giant Enbridge, is slated to kick off in early 2022. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

“We are excited to contribute to the further development of renewable energy, and offshore wind in particular, in France,” said Jan De Nul offshore director Philippe Hutse.

“Next to that we are looking forward to working again with EDF and to confirm our skills and competencies.”

A consortium made of Belgium’s DEME and French yard Eiffage Métal last month won the contract to fabricate and install the wind farm’s steel monopile foundations.

GE Renewables is supplying 6MW Haliade 150 turbines for the project, which is located 12km from shore in the Bay of Biscay.