Ørsted has flipped the switch on the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm, which has a capacity of 752 MW – making it the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands and the second largest operating offshore wind farm in the world. Borssele 1 & 2 is Ørsted’s first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.
“This is an important milestone for the green transformation and for Ørsted,” says Henrik Poulsen, president and CEO of Ørsted. “We’re proud that we’ve commissioned our first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. With Borssele 1 & 2 as the first step, we wish to make a significant contribution to the Dutch transition from fossil to renewable energy. We’re proud that we completed this large-scale clean energy project on time and within budget during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In 1991 Ørsted built the world’s first offshore wind farm in Denmark. Since then, Ørsted has constructed and is operating more than 25 offshore wind farms across Europe, the Asia Pacific and North America. The 25th turbine installed at Borssele 1 & 2 was the 1,500th offshore wind turbine installed across Ørsted’s portfolio.
Facts about the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm:
-Total capacity: 752 MW
-Wind turbines: Siemens Gamesa 8 MW
-Size of the site: 112 km2
-Number of turbines: 94
-Offshore and onshore grid: TSO TenneT
-Water depth: 14-36 m
-Distance to coast: 23 km off the coast of Zeeland
-Operation and maintenance base: Vlissingen
-Main suppliers: Siemens Gamesa, Sif, Bladt, EEW SPC, EEW OSB, and Nexans
-Installation: DEME Offshore, Van Oord
Photo: The Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm