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Wind power: “significant” maritime pollution in the bay of Saint-Brieuc


A 100 liter oil leak escaped from the Aeolus vessel. The maritime prefecture has sent its anti-pollution equipment.

A drilling vessel carrying out work within the framework of a wind farm project is at the origin of a "

significant pollution

" in the bay of Saint-Brieuc, announced the maritime prefecture which seized the prosecution.

Read also: In Saint-Brieuc, furious fishermen threaten to block the site of a wind project

A 15.9 km long water table

This ship, called Aeolus and belonging to the Van Oord company, declared "

a 100-liter oil leak

" on Monday at 6:30 am, according to a press release from the Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic.


The pollution, first observed by the Cleanseanet satellite, then confirmed by a Customs plane at 2:20 p.m., caused a slick

" 8.6 nautical long (15.9 km) and 1.5 nautical wide (2 , 8 km).


Faced with this significant pollution

", the maritime prefecture indicates to have "

quickly transmitted the elements observed to the public prosecutor of Brest, now in charge of the file


The ship is due to leave the bay on Tuesday morning

In addition, the maritime prefect sent the Sapper Support and Assistance Building (BSAA) and its pollution control equipment, which was due to arrive in the area on Tuesday morning.

The company Ailes Marines, which builds the wind farm, told 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 the drilling equipment

", according to the press release.

62 wind farm under construction

The Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm is to be erected 16.3 kilometers off the coast of Brittany. With a total capacity of 496 MW, with 62 wind turbines, it is supposed to produce 1,820 GWh per year, the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants, according to its promoter, Ailes Marines, a subsidiary of Spanish Iberdrola.

Source: lefigaro

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