agap2 helps Brittany to target energy independence

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Two agap2 consultants involved in building natural gas combined cycle power plant.

Two agap2 consultants working on project.

The Landivisiau power plant was commissioned on 31 March, 2022, twelve years after the project was first launched by the state and the Brittany Region. The aim of the project was to provide a secure, guaranteed electricity supply for Brittany, a beautiful region of France whose energy consumption has more than doubled since 2010.

SIEMENS, the company responsible for building this 450MW combined cycle gas turbine, entrusted AXIMA with the cladding and roofing of all the buildings involved, and it is on their behalf that agap2’s David and Walid are providing consultancy services.

Steering role for David, works project manager and agap2 consultant.

David has been providing engineering consultancy services for 12 years now, whether in scheduling, CPM or project management. After joining agap in 2014, for nearly two years now he has fulfilled the role of works project manager in the construction of this natural gas combined cycle power plant. As works project manager, his job is to prepare and coordinate all the work involved, from the design stage through to execution, with due regard for financial and logistics issues.

“As building envelope works project manager, I’ve been guiding the design office, supervising financial and material management, monitoring the work and managing the roofing and cladding teams, in a context of multiple activities taking place simultaneously, on a site where up to 1,500 people, employed by over 200 different companies, were working at the same time. ”

On-site operations focus for agap’s second consultant, site manager Walid.

Walid joined agap two years ago, and has fulfilled the role of site manager for the project since 2020, armed with 7 years’ experience in the profession. In the building and public works sector, site managers schedule, organise and supervise all work conducted on site.

“As site manager, my role is to guarantee that work is carried out properly and in good time, by guiding and monitoring quality and progress. ”

Special conditions for this 22,000 m² construction project.

AXIMA’s Building Envelope Department was responsible for carrying out all roofing and cladding work on the site. David stressed that “this project, which started in autumn 2020, involved a total surface area of over 22,000m² and had to be carried out in the very specific conditions that relate to big offshore-type projects, with mainly foreign contractors and site workers. It was a real challenge, as numerous, highly specific details affecting the applicable regulations, project planning and monitoring of the work had to be taken into account as the work progressed! ”

Multiple objections to this 450 million euro project.

The decision to build a power plant in north-west Finistere was made in 2010. Delivery was initially planned for 2016, but was delayed numerous times owing to vigorous opposition from local inhabitants and organisations. Demonstrations (2012), unauthorised raves (2018) and the presence of a protected species of snail in Quimper (2018) all resulted in the project being postponed several times before work finally began in 2019.

An environmental issue.

Thermal plant produces “cleaner” electricity.

The Landivisiau plant is a combined cycle gas power plant, where a gas turbine is combined with a steam turbine to produce electricity. This technology is considered to be cleaner, in that it is said to result in 3 times fewer CO2 emissions than a coal- or oil-powered station.

Combined cycle gas – the best technique available, according to the EU.

The European Union sees combined cycle gas as one of the best techniques available in terms of environmental protection, owing to the low level of atmospheric emissions produced when meeting Brittany’s energy requirements, in comparison with other means of thermal electricity production.