wiredinUSA August 2020

Wind in Dutch waters

Wind project gets the fast track

Image courtesy of Van Oord

Marine contractor Van Oord has completed the installation of all 94 array cables for the 752MW Borssele I and II offshore wind farm project in Dutch waters. Installation work began, ahead of schedule, in February; Van Oord and project developer Ørsted A/S expect the cable burial program to be complete in August. The cables were manufactured by France’s Nexans SA, and installed with Van Oord’s cable-laying vessel Nexus . “We are now approaching the last phase of the installation of Borssele I and II. Even with our stringent COVID-19 measures, we are still well on track to complete the installation before the end of the year,” said Klaasjaap Buijs, Ørsted’s construction manager. The first turbine supplied electricity to the Dutch grid on 28 th April this year.

Photo by Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash

Wind developers Magnora ASA and Kustvind AB have decided to accelerate the development of the 500MW Sydkustens Vind offshore wind project in southern Sweden. The shallow water project has now entered its development phase, and physical studies of the seabed and the project area will commence. Compared to the original schedule, the project has been accelerated by ten months. “The decision follows several studies performed during the spring of 2020 which have provided the answers we were looking for. We are now more certain that this is a good project commercially, and technically feasible,” said Haakon Alfstad, investment director at Magnora, and executive chairman of Kustvind AB. The Sydkustens Vind wind farm is located approximately 8km off the southern coast of Sweden. The project is expected to have a production capacity of 2TWh annually and could potentially serve 250,000 homes with electricity. Magnora signed a final shareholder agreement with Kustvind AB on 20 th March 2020. Magnora will gradually increase its ownership in the company up to 50 percent.

wiredInUSA - August 2020


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