Van Oord and GeoSea to install Borssele 1+2

Ørsted announced today that it has contracted Van Oord and GeoSea for the installation of the 752 MW Borssele 1+2 offshore wind farm. The Borssele 1+2 site is located 23 kilometres from the coast of Zeeland (Westkappele). The construction is scheduled for 2020.

GeoSea (part of DEME) will be responsible for the transportation and installation of 94 foundations and the Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines at waterdepths ranging from 14 to 36 metres. The foundations weigh between 800 and 1,100 tonnes each and have diameters ranging from 7.8 and 8.7 metres at seabed level. The contract is for the full scope of the monopile foundation installation as well as scour protection supply and installation. For the transportation and installation GeoSea will use the vessels from A2SEA, part of GeoSea.

Van Oord will be responsible for the transportation, installation and burial of 94 inter array cables at a depth of 2 metres. The total length of the cables is 167 kilometres. The company will their cable-laying vessel Nexus and trencher Dig-It to perform the activities.

Henrik Egholm, EPC director Borssele 1+2 for Ørsted: “Contracting the installation works with two very experienced and capable contractors is a key step in the safe and timely realisation of our Borssele project. We are well on schedule with the preparation of offshore construction in 2020 which will now go into a more detailed planning phase with our contractors.”

Steven Engels, general manager Continental Western Europe for Ørsted: “Borssele 1+2 will be the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands and Ørsted’s first in this new tender based market. We are satisfied that we can continue the delivery of this landmark project together with a combination of regional, national and international companies.”

Jan Klaassen, business unit manager offshore renewables for Geosea: “We are pleased that Ørsted has selected GeoSea for the largest offshore wind farm project in the Netherlands. The contract award demonstrates our leading position as a provider of state-of-the-art, integrated solutions for the offshore wind industry. We look forward to working with Ørsted and to leverage our joint expertise in order to successfully deliver this project.”

Arnoud Kuis, managing director of Van Oord Offshore Wind: “We are excited to have been awarded this project by Ørsted. Projects like Borssele 1+2 are essential in meeting the rising global demand for energy and in making offshore wind more competitive as sustainable energy. We are proud to be part of this prominent project.” Photo: Ørsted


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