A drilling ship, carrying out work as part of a wind farm project in the bay of Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d’Armor) is at the origin of a “Significant pollution”, announced, Tuesday, June 15, the maritime prefecture, which seized the prosecution. This ship, baptized AEolus and owned by the Van Oord company, said “An oil leak of 100 liters”Monday at 6:30 am, according to a press release from the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture.
“The pollution, first observed by the Cleanseanet satellite, then confirmed by a Customs plane at 2:20 pm, caused a slick” 15.9 km long and 2.8 km wide. “Faced with this significant pollution”, the maritime prefecture explains having “Quickly transmitted the elements observed to the public prosecutor of Brest, now in charge of the case”. In addition, the maritime prefect sent the chartered support and assistance building (BSAA) sapper and its anti-pollution equipment, which was due to arrive in the area on Tuesday morning.
The company Ailes Marines, which is building the wind farm, informed the prefecture that the ship in question was to leave the bay of Saint-Brieuc on Tuesday morning “And join a Dutch port to conduct checks on drilling equipment”, according to the press release.
62 wind turbines 16 km from the coast
The Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm is to be erected 16.3 kilometers off the coast of Brittany. With a total capacity of 496 megawatts, with 62 wind turbines, it is supposed to produce, by the end of 2023, renewable energy for 835,000 inhabitants, according to Ailes Marines, a subsidiary of Spanish Iberdrola.
But more than twelve years after the start of the consultations, the local fishermen are calling for the outright abandonment of the project. “We are not against renewable energies, but against this way of setting up the park, affirmed, in December, in the columns of World, Alain Coudray, president of the departmental fisheries committee. We were promised that this project would be done with the fishermen, but this is not the case. “