Van Oord, a Netherlands-based contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects, has reached an agreement with DONG Energy for the transportation and installation of 87 foundations at the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the U.K.
The Walney Extension is located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometers off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. The wind farm will consist of 87 wind turbines – 40 Vestas and 47 Siemens – with a total capacity of 660 MW.
Van Oord will transport the foundations, monopiles and transition pieces from various suppliers in Denmark, Germany and the U.K. and will install the foundations at the site. Installation work will start in spring 2017, and the project is expected to be commissioned in 2018.
"After signing the contract for the transport and installation of the foundations for the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm earlier this year, we are proud that DONG is again showing its appreciation for our approach to constructing offshore wind projects," comments Johan van Wijland, managing director of Van Oord offshore wind projects.