Van Oord’s installation vessel MPI Resolution left for Italy this week to start construction at the Taranto offshore wind farm, Italy’s first-ever offshore wind farm and the first to be built in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Taranto offshore wind farm is being realised near the port of Taranto in Italy and will be the first offshore wind farm in the Mediterranean Sea. The project includes ten wind turbines from Chinese turbine supplier Ming Yang Smart Energy that will be installed in water depths ranging from 4 to 18 meters. The wind farm will have a capacity of 30 MW and an estimated output of 58,000 MWh per year.
Van Oord signed a contract with Renexia SpA, the owner of the wind farm, for the transportation and installation of the 10 monopile foundations and turbines.
The company is deploying its installation vessel MPI Resolution for these waters. The mobilization was prepared over the past two weeks in the vicinity of Rotterdam, taking a variety of equipment on board, including a Menck hammer, sea fastening, upend tool and lifting equipment.
During the piling works, Van Oord will deploy its innovative FaunaGuard system. This in-house developed acoustic device will safely and temporarily scare away dolphins using special underwater acoustics. Source: Van Oord Image: MPI Resolution