Dutch construction and development company Ballast Nedam has contracted Terschelling-based Marine Coordination Services BV (MCS) to support their foundation construction activities for the nearshore part of the Windplanblauw wind energy project in the Dutch province of Flevoland.
In the north-west corner of the province of Flevoland, 24 wind turbines will be installed in two rows in the IJsselmeer, just outside a dyke. Ballast Nedam, as Balance of Plant contractor, selected MCS to support the foundation installation activities on the water.
MCS’s scope includes, amongst others, logistics and communication support and provision of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs). MCS will provide 5 CTVs in total, each able to carry 12 pax and 3 crew. The vessels will be operating from the Flevo Marina port near Lelystad. Activities in the IJsselmeer started in April and last until 2023.
Jens Doeksen, Managing Owner of MCS, is looking forward to working together with Ballast Nedam on this unique project. “We are excited to be working on the IJsselmeer again, following our support activities for Windpark Fryslân. For the nearshore wind turbines at Windplanblauw, Ballast Nedam is implementing a unique, in-house designed cofferdam foundation concept. We are working closely together to ensure an efficient, safe and secure project realisation.”
“Ballast Nedam has entered into a partnership with MCS because MCS thinks beyond its own boundaries”, says Mohamad Saad, Package Manager Ballast Nedam Infra Projects. “We are extremely pleased with the flexibility and broad deployment of MCS in terms of both equipment and personnel.”
The 24 wind turbines are part of Windplanblauw, an initiative of Vattenfall and SwifterwinT, a unique, local initiative of more than 170 agricultural entrepreneurs, residents and turbine owners from the area. Windplanblauw concerns a repowering project in the municipalities of Dronten and Lelystad, where 74 wind turbines are being replaced by 61 larger, more powerful turbines with a joint installed capacity of over 335 MW. Of these, 37 will be on land and 24 in the IJsselmeer. The nearshore wind turbines replace the 28 wind turbines in Vattenfall’s Irene Vorrink wind farm currently being dismantled. Work on the onshore turbines has already commenced. Windplanblauw is expected to be operational in the last quarter of 2023. Image: View from the dyke on the IJsselmeer section where the nearshore wind turbine will rise.