Van Oord completes Belwind project - commissions offshore wind vesselNews // December 14, 2010
Van Oord in The Netherlands has announced that it has completed the Belwind Phase | offshore windfarm off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium and that on 9 December 2010 Belwind was officially opened.
The Belwind Phase I offshore windfarm was completed in what Van Oord said was a record time of 15 months and will now provide 175,000 households with green energy.
Van Oord was responsible for the design and construction of all of the foundations, the complete electrical infrastructure and the connection to the onshore grid. The windfarm includes 55 wind turbines and an offshore high voltage station. It is located approximately 50 km off the coast of Belgium, in waters ranging from 15-32m.
Project execution began in August 2009. In February 2010, the 56 foundations, consisting of monopiles weighing 400 tonnes each and transition pieces weighing 160 tonnes each, were successfully installed. Between April and August 2010, the 55 Vestas V90 wind turbines, each capable of producing a maximum power output of 3 MW, were installed on the foundations.
As previously reported in Offshore Shipping Online, Van Oord has also confirmed that it has commissioned the construction of a wind turbine installation vessel. The vessel will be constructed at the Sietas shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.