Van Oord completed the installation of Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm
Van Oord says it has successfully installed the last of the in total 44 wind turbines of the Norther offshore wind farm. Achieving this milestone and already delivering renewable energy makes an important contribution to the energy transition.
Van Oord was contracted as main contractor. The entire scope, from cable installation and burial, installation of the Offshore High Voltage Station (OHVS) to turbine installation, was completed ahead of schedule and in less than 9 months. Van Oord deployed a wide range of equipment at the project, amongst others offshore installation vessel Aeolus, the newest trencher Dig-It and cable-laying vessel Nexus.
Floren Verweij, Project Manager Van Oord comments: "The achievement of completing such a complex scope of work in this time frame, is something that all involved on this project can be proud of".
The 370 megawatt offshore wind farm supplies almost 400,000 households with renewable energy. The Norther offshore wind farm will contribute significantly to Belgium meeting its target of generating 13% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
Van Oord (Dredging and Marine Contractors) is a Dutch company founded in 1868, which specializes in dredging and land reclamation. The company operates across its 25 branches with the staff of over 4200 employees. It has a fleet of 97 vessels, including trailing suction hopper dredgers, cutter suction dredgers, etc. Van Oord has undertaken many projects throughout the world, including land reclamation, dredging and beach nourishment.