The subsea installation and construction vessel Connector has started mobilization for Phase 2 of the Hollandse Kust Noord/West alpha export cable laying project in the Netherlands.
The vessel, owned and operated by Jan De Nul, was welcomed by DHSS, the logistical provider of a wide range of services for the offshore energy industry, to its facility in Zeehaven IJmuiden NV/Port of IJmuiden, where the mobilization is being carried out.
Dutch DHSS received a ships agency contract from Jan De Nul in November 2021 for its Hollandse Kust (Noord) and (West Alpha) offshore cable program. Ship agency services, quayside logistics, local purchasing, and husbandry services are within the purview of DHSS.
There will be two 220kV AC cable systems each for the Hollandse Kust (Noord) and (West Alpha) export cable systems. The 210 km combined length of these four cable networks will link the wind farms to the onshore Dutch electricity grid close to Beverwijk. When these wind farms are operating, they will provide up to 1,400 MW of green electricity, which will be sufficient to supply the needs of 1,4 million families annually.
Image source: DHSS/Machiel Kraaij