Salzgitter supplies plate for Brittany wind farm

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Salzgitter group is delivering 50.000 tonnes of thermomechanically rolled plates for the Spanish group Navantia S.A. for the offshore wind farm “Saint-Brieuc” off the Brittany coast, Kallanish hears from the steelmaker.

The plates are made at Salzgitter’s units Ilsenburger Grobblech and Salzgitter Mannesmann Grobblech, and will serve to build 62 jackets (foundation structures) and 186 piles for mounting the jackets on the seabed.

The wind farm has a capacity of around 500 megawatts and will thus provide clean energy for more than 835,000 people. The operator and owner of “Saint-Brieuc” is Spanish utility Iberdrola. The supply of the plates to Navantia started in August 2020 and will be completed in the spring of 2021. The plates have a maximum thickness of 80mm, a width of up to 4,100mm and a length of more than 12m.

“The wind energy sector is one of the most important branches for the heavy plate producers within the group,” says Sebastian Bross, head of the business unit Heavy Plates/Sections of Salzgitter. He emphasises that the company is one of the few full range suppliers for heavy plates in Europe, and that it aims to further enhance this position.