All turbines up at Borssele 1 & 2

In: Windfarms
All 94 turbines at the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands have been installed. Turbine installation was successfully completed by Ørsted, DEME Offshore, and Siemens Gamesa, in less than five months.

The project marks the first commercial use of Siemens Gamesa’s 8 MW offshore wind turbine model, the
SG 8.0-167 DD. These turbines have a tip height of 200 metres and a rotor diameter of 167 metres. The wind farm will be able to deliver sufficient energy for one million Dutch homes.

The installation vessels
Sea Installer and Sea Challenger, sister vessels from DEME Offshore, were deployed to complete the installation, starting in April 2020. The wind farm generated first power that same month.
Ben Beardsmore-Rust, Ørsted’s project manager for the turbine package, praised the “collaborative and tireless efforts of countless individuals from Ørsted, DEME, SGRE and our subcontractors”, adding that “we have overcome the unique challenges of executing turbine installation during these difficult times and delivered a fantastic result.”

Henrik Egholm, EPC director Borssele 1 & 2 for Ørsted, said: “The construction of our wind farm went really well. Now we have completed the installation of the foundations, cables and turbines, in only 9 months. We have been able to construct the whole 752 MW wind farm, during a pandemic without anyone being infected which all can be very proud of. Naturally, we have worked according to the highest safety standard, both from a COVID-19 and from a construction perspective. I’m very proud of what we have achieved, together with our suppliers.”

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