Van Oord to make Mono Bucket foundations for DeBu demo
Mono Bucket foundations. Source: Van Oord
Dutch offshore contractor Van Oord will manufacture and install the two Mono Bucket foundations for Northland Power’s (TSE:NPI) 17-MW offshore wind demo project in the German North Sea.
As previously announced, the 252-MW Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) project will be expanded by two turbines that will be the first in an offshore wind park to use mono bucket foundations. Van Oord has won the Balance of Plant contract for the wind farm and will also be in charge of making and deploying the two additional foundations, it said last week.
The Dutch company expects to install the Mono Bucket foundations in the second quarter of 2019. The commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for the second half of that year.
Northland Power announced a day earlier that it had reached financial close for the 17-MW demonstrator. Both the demo and base plants will earn the same fixed feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidy -- EUR 184 per MWh for the first eight years and EUR 149/MWh for the following five years. The total project cost of DeBu now approximates EUR 1.4 billion (USD 1.624bn).