Ørsted’s first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, Borssele 1&2, was officially opened today, Monday 6 September. The wind farm, located approximately 23 km off the coast of Zeeland, has already been operating since Q4 2020 but the opening was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The combined celebration of one year operation and official opening took place in Vlissingen. The ceremony could also be followed digitally. Speakers were Sandor Gaastra (Director General Climate and Energy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate), Han Polman (Commissioner of the King of Zeeland) and Mads Nipper (CEO Ørsted). Nipper pushed the red button wich arrived at the ceremony via a drone, that was sent off from the wind farm site. After a break speakers Rasmus Errboe, SVP and Head of Continental Europe van Ørsted, Steven Engels, General Manager Benelux at Ørsted, Anton van Beek, CEO of Dow Benelux and chairman of Smart Delta Resources provided their experience.
About the wind farm
Ørsted won the tender in 2016 with a winning bid of 72.7 EUR per MWh. In May this year, Norges Bank Investment Management officially became 50% shareholder in the wind farm.
The project features 94 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD, 8 MW wind turbines on monopile foundations in an area of 112 km2 with water depths varying between 14 and 36 meters. The main contractors were Van Oord and DEME Offshore (transport & installation), Sif, EEW SPC, EEW OSB and Bladt Industries (foundations) and Nexans (cables). The wind farm was constructed during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic. The project was completed within budget and time (eight months). The wind farm is connected to the 380 kV high-voltage land station in Borssele and will be operated from a new Operations & Maintenance base in Vlissingen.
With 752 MW installed capacity, Borssele 1&2 is the largest operating offshore wind farm in the Netherlands at the moment and will be till the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid is completed and operating. For Ørsted it is one of 25 offshore wind farms the Danish company developed since its first offshore wind farm in Denmark, and the first in the world, Vindeby. Orsted reached a milestone during the construction of Borssele 1&2. The 25th turbine installed at the wind farm marked the company’s 1,500th turbine.