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Reported by DEME Group on 22 November 2018

DEME, Quadran Energies Marines and Shell present Moulins de Flandre

A unique industrial partnership to make the Dunkirk offshore wind farm a competitive project serving the local area.

(Courtesy of Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV)

As part of its application for the competitive dialogue (No. 1/2016) concerning offshore wind turbines off the coast at Dunkirk, DEME, an expert in the design, construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms, preselected by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for this project, is announcing the creation of an industrial partnership** with French marine renewable technology specialist Quadran Energies Marines and the global energy company Shell.

Called “Moulins de Flandre”, the aim of this application is to construct - as a partnership with all of the participants across the local area - a competitive and ambitious industrial project to benefit an emerging energy sector.

"We are happy to combine our industrial expertise as part of the Moulins de Flandre project to contribute to the comprehensive approach undertaken by the Dunkirk area to support an innovative and exemplary energy transition.
What’s more, we are convinced that this project is a key opportunity to make Dunkirk into an industrial model of offshore wind energy in France and to create a sustainable economic sector which will be the pride of the local area.“ - Jan Vandenbroeck (Managing Director of French DEME subsidiaries), Olivier Guiraud (Managing Director of Quadran Energies Marines), Stéphane Cicolella (Energy Transition Director, Shell France)

Moulins de Flandre is drawing on experience from the 50 existing offshore wind farms which have already been constructed throughout Europe

The partners’ strengths lie in their complementary expertise and successes in more than 50 offshore wind farm projects across Europe. The three industrial companies are uniting for a joint application, Moulins de Flandre, to propose a reliable, competitive and effective industrial project, which is notably distinguished by:

Anchoring in the region for the short, medium and long term: the Moulins de Flandre teams have spent the last few months meeting with members of the industrial networks in Dunkirk and the Hauts de France region, in their offices at the port of Dunkirk. The aim is to bring together all participants in the project to create sustainable relationships. These include research centres, universities, industrial sub-contractor SMEs, sea users (fishermen, recreational boaters, divers, etc.), dock workers, residents’ associations, tourism bodies, etc.

Control of the whole of the value chain: Moulins de Flandre combines the industrial know-how of DEME (large maritime and offshore wind projects), the expertise of Quadran Energies Marines (renewable energy) and Shell’s experience (various energy applications). This control of the whole of the value chain, which will be present from the very start of the project, constitutes an unprecedented approach to an offshore wind farm project.

“Our industrial partnership for Moulins de Flandre allows us to co-construct, with the local area, an application based on realistic, concrete and direct commitments. This means that if the application of Moulins de Flandre is selected, the partnership has made a commitment to establish the maintenance hub of the wind farm in Dunkirk. This is a project that would generate around 150 local jobs for the whole life cycle of the wind farm, i.e. a minimum of 25 years, in addition to what we have already achieved with other offshore wind farms in the North Sea. ” - Tako Keja (Director of the Moulins de Flandre project)



Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV. Press release - DEME, Quadran Energies Marines and Shell present Moulins de Flandre. URL: [Date Accessed: 22/11/2018].

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