Van Oord completes work on UK offshore wind farm project

Team Van Oord’s Netherlands’ partner Van Oord has successfully completed work on the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm.

The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm is located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometres off Walney Island in Cumbria. When complete in late 2018 the farm will comprise 87 wind turbines with a total capacity of 659 MW.

Walney Extension will supply energy to more than 500,000 UK households and will contribute to the Government’s targets to ensure that, by 2020, 15% of the UK’s energy is being produced sustainably.

Earlier this month, electricity was generated for the first time at Walney Extension and power is now being exported to the National Grid – an important milestone for the project.

Working on behalf of DONG Energy, the Van Oord project team completed the transportation and installation of 87 foundations in 4.5 months.

Van Oord deployed its 8,000-tonne heavy lift installation vessel Svanen to install 56 monopiles, while the other 31 monopiles, as well as the transition pieces, were installed by the offshore installation vessel Aeolus.

Floren Verweij, Van Oord Project Manager for the scheme, said:

“With the completion of the Walney Extension project Van Oord has reached a new milestone.

“Thanks to the commitment and expertise of the project team, offshore installation vessel Aeolus’s debut in the floating installation of transition pieces has been very successful.”

25 September 2017