First monopile in place at Dutch offshore wind farm

Van Oord’s Aeolus has installed the first monopile for the Borssele III and IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.

The Aeolus installing the first monopile for the Borssele III and IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.
The Aeolus installing the first monopile for the Borssele III and IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.
(Courtesy Van Oord)

Offshore staff

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands Van Oord’s Aeolus has installed the first monopile for the Borssele III and IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.

Van Oord will install 77 monopiles for the Borssele III and IV wind farm and two for the innovation site Borssele V. 

Located 22 km (14 mi) offshore Zeeland, a province in the Netherlands, the 731.5-MW wind farm is expected to provide power for about 825,000 Dutch households. Commercial production is expected to start in early 2021.

In December 2016, the Blauwwind consortium won the tender to build the Borssele III and IV offshore wind farm. Blauwwind consists of Partners Group (45%), Shell (20%), DGE (15%), Eneco Group (10%), and Van Oord (10%).

The consortium has signed power purchase agreements with Shell and Eneco Group, which stipulate that they will both purchase 50% of the energy generated by the wind farms for a period of 15 years.

MHI Vestas is supplying 77 V164 9.5-MW wind turbines. Van Oord is performing the balance of plant activities, consisting of the engineering, supply, and construction of the foundations and connecting cables. TenneT is designing and building the Borssele Beta offshore transformer station.

10/25/2019

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