Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 22 September 2015 – The Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind project has been officially opened. As the EPC contractor, Van Oord was responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the foundations, the electrical infrastructure, including the offshore transformer station, and the installation of the turbines. Van Oord deployed the offshore installation vessel Aeolus for installing the foundations and turbines. The construction process went extremely smooth: the wind project was completed within budget and delivered three months ahead of schedule.
The offshore wind farm comprises 43 wind turbines some 23 kilometres off the coast of Zandvoort and Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Luchterduinen has a capacity of 129 megawatts and supplies sustainable energy to 150,000 households. This project is thus contributing to the fulfilment of the Dutch Energy Agreement. The wind turbines were installed on monopile foundations more than 60 metres long. The offshore wind farm’s first foundation was driven into the seabed in August 2014. The foundations are uniquely engineered because the monopile and the transition piece were built as a single component in this project.
Van Oord is currently building the Gemini offshore wind farm, located 85 kilometres off the coast of Groningen, the Netherlands. This offshore wind project, which will have a capacity of 600 megawatts, will be delivered in the first quarter of 2017. Van Oord also recently signed a contract to build the foundations for the British Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm (256 megawatts). The construction will start in the summer of 2016.
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