To express their opposition to the project, the fishermen also fired distress flares at the site, according to West France.
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The demonstration at the site of the offshore project is part of the demonstrations organized against the project at sea and on land. The fishermen first gathered on Monday May 3 in front of the Côtes-d’Armor prefecture and announced that they would go to the offshore site on Friday around 9 a.m. with a shore gathering planned at Cap Fréhel from 10 hours.
After their demonstration on the site of the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, the fishermen will come back and join the rally on land.
The maritime prefecture and the ATLANT command-in-chief this morning called on fishermen to avoid any behavior endangering people and property and recalled that there was currently a prefectural decree in force which regulates maritime activities in the region. bay during construction of the 496 MW wind farm. . Authorities also reminded fishermen today that they are not allowed to approach within 550 meters of the vessel.Navire d’installation offshore the Van Oord AEOLUS began installing the first piles for the project’s 62 jacketed foundations on May 3, using the port of Cherbourg as a pile-gathering port.
Under a contract with Ailes Marines, a 100% subsidiary of Spain’s Iberdrola, Van Oord is responsible for the transport and installation of 62 shell foundations for the wind turbines, three piles each and the four piles of foundation for the offshore substation. A total of 190 spindle piles will be installed on the site.
The spindle pile installation campaign will be carried out in 2021 and 2022 and the jacketed foundations will be installed in 2022.
The Saint-Brieuc project has been contested in several appeals before the French courts and passed its last legal hurdle in December 2020. The rejected appeal was filed by the Association pour la protection des sites d’Erquy and surrounding sites (ASPE), Erquy Environnement and others, asking the Council of State to annul the decision of the Nantes administrative court in 2019 that authorized Ailes Marines to build the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm.
The 496 MW offshore wind farm, located 16.3 kilometers off the coast of Brittany, should be operational in 2023. Once operational, it will be able to produce enough electricity to cover the annual consumption of 835,000 households.