The 731.5 MW Borssele III/IV offshore wind project has achieved first power, a result of close collaboration between the Blauwwind project partners and the supply chain. The turbine installation campaign began in late May and has now seen 36 of the 77 V164-9.5 MW MHI Vestas turbines secured at the site.
Borssele III/IV is due for completion in October, and when fully installed will account for up to 2.3% of total Dutch electricity demand.
“With the Borssele III/IV offshore wind project now online and delivering electricity to the grid, Dutch consumers can be certain they are moving towards a clean energy future,” says Laurens van Pijkeren, project director at MHI Vestas.
“The collaborative efforts of all project partners has enabled MHI Vestas to install 36 of the largest turbines in the world on schedule, despite a myriad of challenges arising from COVID-19. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Blauwwind project partners as we move towards completion of the project later in the year,” he adds.
Throughout the rest of the installation campaign, it is anticipated that one additional turbine will become operational per day, following control testing. Following installation and full commissioning, MHI Vestas also holds a 15-year service agreement to operate and maintain the Borssele III/IV project.
The Borssele III/IV offshore wind project, which is situated 22 kilometers off the coast of Zeeland, Netherlands, is being developed by the Blauwwind consortium, consisting of Partners Group, Shell, Eneco, Diamond Generating Europe and Van Oord.
Photo: The Borssele III/IV offshore wind project