All turbines for the 731,5 MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm are standing. The last of 77 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines was completed this Thursday. The final set of turbines will now be commissioned and tested in preparation for full power generation.
The last turbine was installed by Van Oord, using the offshore installation vessel Aeolus. The Aeolus can carry up to four turbines per trip. The load consist of 12 blades, 4 poles and 4 Nacelles.
Van Oord is one of five partners in the Blauwwind consortium which is responsible for the project. The consortium also includes Partners Group (45%), Shell (20%), DGE (15%) and Eneco Group (10%).
“Good project execution starts with great preparation and planning; the start date of turbine installation was picked in 2017 and met precisely on the day in May this year. Overcoming many additional challenges in this extraordinary year required even more collaboration between all key parties, and led to a successful completion of the installation phase,” says Roeland Borsboom, Project Director and CEO for Blauwwind. “A big thank you is well deserved.”
“While installing turbines at Borssele III/IV, we have overcome a number of challenges arising from COVID,” said Laurens van Pijkeren, MHI Vestas Project Director. “Not only have we needed to adjust our way of working on the installation vessel, but even the transport of technicians to the project has been an international challenge. Therefore, we are very pleased and proud to safely install all 77 V164 turbines on time and to now prepare for the full commissioning of this significant project for the Netherlands.”
The first turbines have been delivering power since August 2020. The final set of turbines will now be commissioned and tested in preparation for full power generation. This 731,5 MW wind farm will then supply enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 825,000 Dutch households every year.
Following full commissioning, MHI Vestas holds a 15 year service agreement to operate and maintain the Borssele III/IV project.