Construction begins on major offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Noord
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Construction has begun for the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Noord. The wind farm, which is located 18.5km off the west coast of the Netherlands near Egmond aan Zee, had its first monopile installed by Van Oord on 17 October. Over the next few months the remaining monopiles will be installed totalling at 70 foundations for wind turbines.
Van Oord was awarded the contract for this project in 2020 by CrossWind, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco. As Balance of Plant contractor, Van Oord is responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the foundations, inter array cables, and transportation and installation of the wind turbines.
Prior to installation of the monopiles, Van Oord installed scour protection using its flexible fallpipe vessel Nordness to avoid erosion. For the project, Van Oord will also be deploying the offshore installation vessel MPI Resolution, cable-laying vessel Nexus and trencher Dig-It. Due to the scope of the project, Van Oord has teamed up with DEME who will deploy their offshore installation vessel Innovation for the installation of the monopiles.
Construction is taking place 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, with the installation of monopiles expected to be complete by mid-2023. This project is part of the Dutch government's continued efforts to make 16% of all energy used in the Netherlands sustainable by 2023.
Hollandse Kust Noord wind farm, which is being developed subsidy-free, is expected to be operational by the end of 2023 with an installed capacity of 759 MW, which will generate at least 3.3 TWh of energy per year.
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