Van Oord has been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the first part of the Belwind offshore wind farm project. The wind farm will be constructed on the Blight Bank, 46 km off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium. The developper and client is Belwind nv. A number of Dutch and Belgian investment companies are shareholders in Belwind. The contract value amounts to some EUR 280 million and is Van Oord’s largest award this year. Execution has already started. The project is scheduled for completion in November 2010.
Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord: ‘Since 2002 Van Oord has been involved in building offshore wind farms in North West Europe. This is Van Oord's second EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract. Earlier we completed the Princess Amalia wind farm project off the coast of IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Our knowledge and experience is concentrated in our business unit Offshore Wind Projects (OWP). The award of the Belwind project confirms our leading role as EPC contractor in North West Europe.
The activities involve the construction of the foundation of 55 wind turbines, all infield, subsea cables in between the wind farms, the subsea export cable, a 165 Mega Watt offshore high voltage station and placement of 55 turbines. As of 2011 the first phase of the Belwind project will annually provide 165,000 families with environment-friendly power.
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