July 18 (Renewables Now) - The last of the jacket foundations that will support the turbines at the 714-MW East Anglia One offshore wind farm has been successfully installed off the Suffolk coast, UK, Dutch marine contractor Van Oord said Thursday.
Van Oord was in charge of the transportation and installation of all 102 three-legged foundations for the offshore wind project. The contractor said that most of the work had to be done at a depth of more than 40 metres at the North Sea site under difficult maritime conditions. Van Oord developed a pile-driving template that its team used to drive the anchoring piles for each three-legged foundation into the seabed with a high level of precision.
The logistics proved to be a challenge as well since the jacket foundations and anchoring piles were manufactured at three different locations in Europe and the Middle East.
The installation of the last jacket foundation concludes Van Oord’s work on the project. The East Anglia One wind farm, developed by ScottishPower Renewables, is due to be finalised in 2020.