Boskalis bags cable contract for two German arrays

Boskalis, a global services provider in the maritime sector, has been awarded an inter-array cable installation contract for work on Ørsted’s German Borkum Riffgrund 3 and Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farms.

Under the contract, Boskalis will transport, install, and bury a combined total of 106 inter-array cables. The company will use the cable laying vessel
Boka Ocean. A 136-metre-long vessel, it was acquired earlier this year (2021), and prior to use will be equipped with a 4,000-ton turntable.

Boskalis informs that project preparations are shortly to commence. The cables will be installed from early 2024. The contract is subject to Ørsted’s final investment decision.

Speaking of its strategy and this contract’s role within it, Boskalis noted the following in a press release: “Boskalis’ strategy is aimed at leveraging on key macro-economic factors which drive worldwide demand in our markets: expansion of the global economy, increase in energy consumption, global population growth and the challenges that go hand in hand with climate change. This project is related to the development of generating renewable energy due to climate change and increasing energy consumption.”

The 900 MW
Borkum Riffgrund 3 and the 242 MW Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farms are both located off Germany’s northern coast, in the North Sea. Between them, the two offshore wind farms are expected to delivery clean energy to around 1.2 million German households.

Last month, 4C Offshore
reported that Ørsted had signed an agreement with Glennmont Partners, who will be acquiring a 50% ownership share in Borkum Riffgrund 3. Both wind farms received planning approval from Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in 2021.

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