ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands — Van Oord has installed the first monopile for the Hollandse Kust Noord wind farm in the Dutch North Sea, 18.5 km from the coast near Egmond aan Zee.
Over the next few months, the company expects to install 70 monopile foundations for the wind turbines under a contract awarded by CrossWind, which is a joint venture between Shell and Eneco.
As Balance of Plant contractor, Van Oord’s scope covers the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the foundations and inter-array cables as well as transportation and installation of the wind turbines.
To prevent erosion, it has already installed scour protection using its Nordnes flexible fallpipe vessel. Other Van Oord vessels working on the project will be the MPI Resolution installation vessel, Nexus cable-laying vessel and Dig-It trencher.
For the monopiles, DEME will deploy its offshore installation vessel Innovation, supported by Van Oord.
Hollandse Kust Noord will have an installed capacity of 759 MW, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year. CrossWind aims to have the wind farm operational by 2023.