DEME Offshore’s sister installation vessels 'Sea Installer' and 'Sea Challenger' were deployed for the installation of 94 offshore wind turbines at Ørsted’s Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. The first turbine at the wind farm was installed in April 2020, and less than five months later, the turbine installation phase has been completed.
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It’s the first time Siemens Gamesa’s 8 MW offshore wind turbines will be used for a commercial project. The 94 SG 8.0-167 DD turbines have a tip height of 200 metres and a rotor diameter of 167 metres. The turbines will deliver enough electricity for one million Dutch households.
“Achieving this milestone has been made possible due to the collaborative and tireless efforts of countless individuals from Ørsted, DEME, SGRE and our subcontractors” said Ben Beardsmore-Rust, Ørsted’s project manager for the turbine package. “Together we have overcome the unique challenges of executing turbine installation during these difficult times and delivered a fantastic result. Thank you to all of those who’ve worked so hard in order to make this happen. I look forward to concluding the remaining offshore works and seeing all 94 turbines at Borssele 1 & 2 generating green electricity for so many people.”
Henrik Egholm, EPC director Borssele 1 & 2 for Ørsted, added that the construction of the wind farm went really well and that the installation of the foundations, cables and turbines was completed in only 9 months. Moreover, the construction of the entire 752 MW wind farm, during a pandemic, was completed without anyone being infected.