Van Oord finalises foundation installation for Borssele III & IV
Offshore installation vessel Aeolus at Borssele Wind Farm III & IV. Source: Van Oord
The Aeolus vessel of Van Oord has successfully concluded the installation of all 77 foundations for the 731.5-MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
The Dutch balance of plant (BOP) contractor announced the news today, saying that another one of its vessels, Nexus, had also installed four out of the 12 cable strings for the project. It expects the installation of the 9.5-MW MHI Vestas turbines to begin shortly.
Van Oord noted that the work was executed within planning in six months, with extra precautions in connection with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The wind power complex is being built about 22 kilometres off the coast of Zeeland province in the Netherlands. The project was successful in a tender held in late 2016.
Van Oord 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).
Both Shell and Eneco will buy half of the plant’s output upon completion under 15-year contracts.