Van Oord has been awarded two new offshore wind projects: Baltic Power in the Baltic Sea and Greater Changhua 2b and 4 in Taiwan.
The Baltic Power offshore wind farm is being developed by a joint venture between Orlen (Poland) and Northland Power (Canada). The wind farm will be located in the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone of the Baltic Sea, 23 kilometres from shore. The wind farm will feature 76 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1.14 GW. Van Oord will transport and install 78 foundations, 76 WTG foundations (each consisting of a monopile and a transition piece), and an additional two foundations for offshore substations. To install the monopile foundations, Van Oord will deploy its heavy-lift installation vessel, Svanen. The 76 transition pieces will be installed by a third-party DP installation vessel. The transport and installation of the foundations are scheduled to start in 2024 and are expected to be completed in summer 2025.
Van Oord recently signed on to the Greater Changhua 2b and 4 projects. These wind farms are being constructed by Ørsted, 50 kilometres off the west coast of Taiwan, and will have a total capacity of 920 MW. Van Oord will be responsible for the transport and installation of three export cables, with a total length of approximately 175 kilometres. To transport and install the cables, Van Oord will deploy its dedicated cable-laying vessel, Nexus. Van Oord’s own trencher, Dig-It, will bury the cables to the required depth. To pre-excavate cable joint pits down to the necessary burial depth, Van Oord will deploy its LNG-powered hopper dredger, Vox Apolonia. The works are scheduled to start in 2024 and are expected to be finished in 2025.