Van Oord to install cables for Greater Changhua 1&2a wind cluster

The Nexus cable-laying vessel. Source: Van Oord

September 18 (Renewables Now) - Danish offshore wind major Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has contracted Van Oord to carry out cable installation works for the 900-MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a cluster of offshore projects in Taiwan.

The Dutch company will be in charge of the transportation, installation and burial of the 111 inter array cables and three export cables for the projects. For the purpose of executing the contract, Van Oord will deploy its dedicated cable-laying vessel Nexus. The Dig-It trencher, in turn, will bury the cables to the required depth.

Installation work is expected to start in 2021, Van Oord said in a statement, adding that the company will cooperate with Taiwanese engineering service providers and support vessel owners.

To be located off Taiwan’s Changhua County, the Changhua 1 and 2a sites will feature 8.0-167 DD turbines manufactured by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE). Just recently, the supplier said it expects to begin construction next year on a new offshore nacelle assembly facility in Taiwan to meet local content requirements.

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