The Saint-Martin Thermal Power Plant

The Saint-Martin Thermal Power Plant

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France
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  • Bouygues Energies & Services, a Bouygues Construction subsidiary, built the thermal power plant on the island of Saint-Martin in the Caribbean. The power plant currently supplies electricity to the French half of the island. The design-build contract signed with EDF comprised studies, equipment supply, transport, and commissioning of the thermal power plant, which is equipped with three 75 t diesel engines.

  • “We had planned to provide materials, but on the other hand, needed local expertise,” outlines Gino Gauthier, Head of Bouygues Energies & Services, Executive Vice President of the Europe division. “We asked companies to be innovative and come up with new ideas. We knew exactly what we were going to deliver and how, but familiarity with local issues was vital for the project to be a success.”

  • “Safety is the top priority — we want an accident-free construction site. This is why we wanted to work with structured, professional, reliable companies, compliant with regulations, and up to date with taxes and contributions,” indicates Gino Gauthier, Head of Bouygues Energies & Services, who adds that there will be a supervisor at the construction site with the sole role of ensuring compliance with safety regulations (wearing hard hats, regulation footwear and clothing, etc.). Failure to adhere to safety regulations at the construction site is a cause for contract termination.

  • Bouygues Energies & Services used 3D design for the thermal power plant to coordinate technical lots in order to plan ahead for construction and operation as accurately as possible. The power plant was operated using a SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system, an ultra-modern remote-control and remote-monitoring system. A training plan for EDF and for the local companies involved was planned to help them operate the power station using the latest technology.

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    Ambitions
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  1. 1
    Context
  2. 2
    Testimony
  3. 3
    Ambitions
  4. 4
    Innovation
  5. 5
    Video
  • Bouygues Energies & Services, a Bouygues Construction subsidiary, built the thermal power plant on the island of Saint-Martin in the Caribbean. The power plant currently supplies electricity to the French half of the island. The design-build contract signed with EDF comprised studies, equipment supply, transport, and commissioning of the thermal power plant, which is equipped with three 75 t diesel engines.

  • “We had planned to provide materials, but on the other hand, needed local expertise,” outlines Gino Gauthier, Head of Bouygues Energies & Services, Executive Vice President of the Europe division. “We asked companies to be innovative and come up with new ideas. We knew exactly what we were going to deliver and how, but familiarity with local issues was vital for the project to be a success.”

  • “Safety is the top priority — we want an accident-free construction site. This is why we wanted to work with structured, professional, reliable companies, compliant with regulations, and up to date with taxes and contributions,” indicates Gino Gauthier, Head of Bouygues Energies & Services, who adds that there will be a supervisor at the construction site with the sole role of ensuring compliance with safety regulations (wearing hard hats, regulation footwear and clothing, etc.). Failure to adhere to safety regulations at the construction site is a cause for contract termination.

  • Bouygues Energies & Services used 3D design for the thermal power plant to coordinate technical lots in order to plan ahead for construction and operation as accurately as possible. The power plant was operated using a SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system, an ultra-modern remote-control and remote-monitoring system. A training plan for EDF and for the local companies involved was planned to help them operate the power station using the latest technology.

The Saint-Martin Thermal Power Plant Ecosite label

The Saint-Martin thermal power plant construction site was awarded the Ecosite label, rewarding the commitment of all those involved in the project to respecting the environment.

Ecosite is awarded by Bouygues Construction's sustainable development subsidiary based on an audit analysing specific criteria and defining the environmental standards to be met, such as managing waste and hazardous materials, reducing noise pollution, air quality, respect for biodiversity, and reducing energy consumption, etc.

 

“The Ecosite label is awarded not only for the construction of a structure that leads by example, but also the way it was built,” states Jean-Philippe Trin, President and CEO of Bouygues Energies & Services. Judging that “this structure leads by example in terms of standards and how it operates,” he wanted to restate that Bouygues Construction intends to deliver “hyper-performing buildings.”

The Saint-Martin Thermal Power Plant A comprehensive offering

Bouygues Energies & Services' asset in this project was proposing a comprehensive design-build offering to EDF.

Jean-Philippe Trin, President and CEO of Bouygues Energies & Services, explains that in 2011 Bouygues Energies & Services designed a 64-MW thermal power plant in Gibraltar. This experience, along with a wealth of other experiences in complex environments, such as clean rooms and data centres, meant that Bouygues Energies & Services could move upmarket technically and position itself in major, complex energy-production projects, such as Saint-Martin.

The Saint-Martin Thermal Power Plant A logistical challenge

One of the challenges in the project was in the logistics required to transport the engines, each weighing 175 tonnes. Equipment could not be moved directly using cranes due to the island's geography. Specific logistical organisation was put in place for handling operations. Once again, Bouygues Energies & Services' experience in managing projects in isolated areas (in Africa, particularly in the ‘boulevard énergétique’ project in the Republic of the Congo, the Gabon interconnected network, etc.) were key factors in the project's success.

In shortThe Saint-Martin Thermal Power Plant
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