October 28 (Renewables Now) - Offshore construction has been launched at the 731.5-MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind projects in the Dutch North Sea.
The milestone was announced on Friday by Dutch firm Van Oord NV, which is part of the Blauwwind consortium behind the project. Its partners in the scheme are Swiss investment manager Partners Group Holding (VTX:PGHN), Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA), Eneco and Mitsubishi Corp's (TYO:8058) fully-owned subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe (DGE).
Offshore construction activities have started with the installation of the first monopile at the site off the coast of Zeeland, which is already in place. Van Oord is in charge of installing the 77 monopile foundations made by Dutch manufacturer Sif Holding NV (AMS:SIFG).
The offshore wind complex will be powered by 77 of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind's V164 9.5 MW turbines, the output of which will be contracted by Shell and Eneco. It will connect to TenneT's Borssele Beta substation which is planned to become operational by the start of 2021.
Once fully completed, the two wind parks will generate enough electricity to supply around 825,000 Dutch homes annually.