Ballast Nedam starts Maasvlakte 2 Wind Farm construction

Ballast Nedam has started the first construction works for Maasvlakte 2 Wind Farm on the outer edge of Maasvlakte 2. Together with wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, the contractor is realising 22 wind turbines on both the hard and soft seawalls.

Maasvlakte 2 Wind Farm is being realised by Eneco on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The wind farm will feature twenty-two Vestas wind turbines. Ballast Nedam was awarded the contract to build the foundations in November 2021. Twelve of these will be placed on 40 m-high monopile foundations on the soft sea wall and ten on concrete foundations on the hard sea wall.

The company has now officially started with the preparatory work, such as constructing a six-kilometre-long construction road that will contain over 12,000 concrete slabs. In addition, the access gates and fencing around the project are being set up and the crane hardstands are being built. The entire construction area will be closed to traffic and visitors until at least the end of 2022.

Building close to water

In the design of the crane hardstands, extra attention had to be paid to the proximity of water. In order to work safely, the crane hardstands have a minimum height of 3.32 m above sea level. Geotubes and bags are also used to protect the crane hardstands from water, Ballast Nedam said.

Maasvlakte 2 Wind Farm is planned to be completed by 2023. The wind farm will then be generating approximately 416 GWh annually. Source: Ballast Nedam

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