First Hornsea Two foundations arrive in Eemshaven

In: PortsWindfarms
The first six transition pieces for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm have arrived from Great Britain at the Buss Terminal in Eemshaven, Netherlands.

Over the next months, Buss will receive a total of 165 foundation sets, which will be handled and stored on the terminal. Each foundation set consists of a monopile, which is installed into the seabed, and a transition piece, which connects the monopile to the tower of the wind turbine. Approximately 140,000 m2 of the 250,000 m2 heavy lift terminal will be used for this project. The foundation sets will then be loaded onto the installation vessel
Innovation and installed at the wind farm.

Buss will provide the personnel and the storage of the components as well as supporting project management of the base port logistics and the required equipment.

The unloading of transition pieces from the barge is carried out by a crawler crane type LR1750. At the terminal itself, Buss uses a gantry crane on SPMT axles to move the almost 350-ton transition pieces. The monopiles weighing up to 1,230 tons are also moved with SPMT axle lines and dedicated transport saddles. The self-powered transporter has 96 pendulum axles, and can raise and lower the monopiles hydraulically.

"We are delighted that the starting signal for the project has now been given. For us, a project of this magnitude is a great sign of confidence in the performance of our project team in Hamburg and our terminal in Eemshaven",
commented Martin Schulz, Managing Director of the Buss Energy Group, on the project launch.

Expected to be complete in 2022, the
Hornsea Two wind farm array is dispersed across an area of 462km2, which is a larger surface area than the island of Barbados. Once complete, it will host 165 wind turbines, each standing over 190m above sea level. The wind farm will become the world’s largest, generating 1.4 GW, and will be able to power well over 1.3 million homes in the UK with clean electricity.

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