ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands — Van Oord has won contracts for offshore wind projects in Taiwan and the Baltic Sea, with a combined value of more than EUR500 million ($534 million).
Next year and into 2025, the company will transport and install three export cables with a total length of 175 km for Ørsted’s Greater Changhua 2b and 4 project, 50 km from the west coast of Taiwan with a combined capacity of 920 MW.
Van Oord will deploy its cable-laying vessel Nexus and the trencher Dig-It for burial of the cables, with pre-excavation of cable joint pits to the required burial depth performed by the LNG-powered hopper dredger Vox Apolonia.
Earlier this year, the company completed a program at Greater Changhua 1 and 2a, where it was responsible for transport, installation and burial of the inter-array and export cables.
The second new contract is for the Baltic Power offshore wind farm, which is a joint venture between Poland’s ORLEN and Canada’s Northland Power that will be located 23 km offshore in the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone of the Baltic Sea. The development will feature 76 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1.14 GW.
Van Oord will transport and install 78 foundations, 76 wind turbine generator foundations (each comprising a monopile and a transition piece) and a further two foundations for offshore substations.
Heavy-lift vessel Svanen will install the monopile foundations with the 76 transition pieces to be handled by a third-party DP installation vessel. Transport and installation of the foundations will start in 2024 and should complete in summer 2025.
According to the company, Svanen is designed to cope with the conditions in the Baltic Sea, where the challenges include the soil composition. It previously worked on the Baltic 2, Arkona, Danish Kriegers Flak and Baltic Eagle projects.