Veja Mate has completed all foundation installation work at its 402 MW offshore wind project in the German North Sea.
The company says that construction began in April 2016 and that the project is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017. Foundation contractor Offshore Wind Force VM, part of Boskalis, installed all 67 foundations by using the Jack-up vessel Scylla for monopile and the Zaratan for transition piece installation.
Rasmus Miller, foundation package manager, comments, “Project work has its ups and downs, but it is never boring. We had our fair share of challenges to overcome and without everyone staying ahead of the game, it was close to impossible to achieve project success. I am, therefore, extremely proud to say that everyone on our Veja Mate and OWF teams stepped up to the plate and tackled our challenges head-on.”
As for next steps, the company now needs to energize the offshore substation, install the inter-array cables, and then install the wind turbines.
Veja Mate is a EUR 1.9 billion offshore wind project owned by the Highland Group Holdings Ltd., Siemens Financial Services and CI II and managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. Once operational, the project will produce over 1.6 TWh of renewable electricity annually.