June 12 (Renewables Now) - Dutch marine contractor Van Oord on Monday said it has installed the first jacket foundation on the 714-MW East Anglia One offshore wind project in the southern North Sea off the UK.
Installation of the first jacket was completed on June 9.
Van Oord was hired by the developer of the project, ScottishPower Renewables, to transport and install the three-legged steel foundation jackets on the wind farm. This contract was announced at the start of 2017.
The Dutch company said it will install the foundations, which will support 102 Siemens turbines of 7 MW, at depths of up to 55 metres (180 ft). According to it, East Anglia One, expected to become operational in 2020, will be the wind farm with the highest number of three-legged foundations.
"So far only a handful of wind farms have been constructed on jacket foundations," said project director Daan Makkink. "Their number will increase in the years ahead because the ideal locations for wind farms built on monopiles – shallow waters with a relatively flat, firm seabed – are filling up fast," Makkink added.