Ørsted has started constructing its first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands by installing the 1st foundations at the 752 MW Borssele 1 & 2 offshore farm
Ørsted has started constructing its first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands by installing the first foundations at the 752 MW Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm, marking an important milestone for the project.
Henrik Egholm, EPC Director for Borssele 1 & 2, says: “It’s great that the installation has started now, according to plan. We’re very well on track with the construction of the wind farm. Borssele 1 & 2 will be operational end of this year.”
Jan Wind, Senior Project Manager for Borssele 1 & 2, said that the first monopile installed was also the heaviest and tallest on the wind farm, weighing 1,188 tons and measuring 76 meters. The diameter at the bottom of the foundation is 8.5 meters, wide enough to hold a football goal.
Borssele 1 & 2 is located 22 kilometers off the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland. At water depths ranging from 14 to 39.7 meters, a total of 94 monopile foundations will be installed at the wind farm. Starting in April, the 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines will be installed.
Steven Engels, General Manager for the Netherlands, said, “Borssele 1 & 2 will be our first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands and is an important step in the Dutch government’s ambitious shift towards green energy. Once completed, Borssele 1 & 2 will be the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, able to supply renewable power to around one million Dutch households.”
In November, the firm had officially inaugurated Taiwan’s first commercial offshore wind farm named Formosa 1. The commissioning of Formosa 1 marked a milestone for Taiwan’s entry into the offshore league.
The 128 MW wind power plant is a joint venture (JV) between Ørsted, Japan’s JERA, financial services provider Macquarie Capital and Taiwan-based Swancor with a shareholding of 35 percent, 32.5 percent, 25 percent and 7.5 percent respectively.