Boskalis scores two cabling contracts for German offshore wind farms

Boskalis has been awarded an inter-array cable installation contract by Ørsted for the German Borkum Riffgrund 3 and Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farms. The contract includes the transport, installation and burial of a combined total of 106 inter-array cables.

The project will be executed with the Boka Ocean cable laying vessel. This 136-meter-long vessel was acquired earlier this year and will be equipped with a 4,000-ton turntable. Project preparations will commence shortly with cable installation activities scheduled for early 2024. The award of the contract is subject to a final investment decision by Ørsted.

Borkum Riffgrund 3 & Gode Wind 3

The Borkum Riffgrund 3 and Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farms will have a capacity of 900 MW and 242 MW respectively. Both wind farms are located off the northern coast of Germany in the North Sea. Combined, these two offshore wind farms are expected to deliver green renewable energy to approximately 1.2 million German households.

Gode Wind 3 comprises two offshore wind projects which were originally awarded to Ørsted in auctions in 2017 and 2018 under the names of Gode Wind 3 (110MW) and Gode Wind 4 (132MW). The two projects were renamed in September 2019 and will be built as one joint project under the name of Gode Wind 3. Subject to Ørsted’s final investment decision, Gode Wind 3 is expected to be fully commissioned in 2024.

Borkum Riffgrund 3 is located adjacent to Ørsted’s existing offshore wind farms Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Borkum Riffgrund 2. Ørsted has recently secured planning approval from the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). On 19 October announced that it has sold a 50% stake in the wind farm to Glennmont Partners. The wind farm is planned to go into full commercial operation in 2025. Today, on 11 November, BASF and Ørsted concluded a 25-year fixed-price corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA), under which BASF will offtake the output of 186 megawatts from the wind farm. It is the longest CPPA for offshore wind ever announced. Image: Boskalis

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