The first monopile has been installed for the Borssele III & IV offshore windfarm in the Netherlands
The foundation was installed by Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus. In the coming months, Van Oord will install 77 monopiles for the Borssele III & IV windfarm and two at an innovation site at Borssele V.
The Borssele III & IV windfarm is being built 22 km off the coast of the Province of Zeeland and will be one of the largest offshore Dutch windfarms. It will have an installed capacity of 731.5 MW using V164 9.5 MW turbines from MHI Vestas.
Van Oord is the balance of plant contractor for the project, and is responsible for the engineering, supply and construction of the foundations and for connecting the cables for the windfarm.
The Borssele Beta offshore transformer station will be designed and built by TenneT and is scheduled to be operational by the beginning of 2021.
The Blauwwind consortium won the tender to build the Borssele III & IV windfarm in December 2016. Blauwwind consists of Partners Group (45%), Shell (20%), DGE (15%), Eneco Group (10%) and Van Oord (10%).
The consortium signed power purchase agreements with Shell and Eneco that stipulate they will both purchase 50% of the energy generated by the windfarms for 15 years.