Van Oord’s upgraded Svanen to return to Baltic Sea

Spanish energy company Iberdrola has awarded Van Oord with a Transport & Installation contract for the 300MW Windanker offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea.

Van Oord’s scope includes the transport and installation of 21 XL monopiles and transition pieces and the design, supply and installation of the inter-array cable grid.

For the installation of the monopiles Van Oord will deploy its heavy-lift installation vessel Svanen. By then the vessel will have undergone a major upgrade, making it ready to handle the next generation of monopile foundations for offshore wind projects. The vessel is tailored to navigate the Baltic Sea’s tough conditions. Its track record include projects such as Baltic 2, Arkona, Danish Kriegers Flak and Baltic Eagle.

Van Oord will deploy its dedicated cable-laying vessel Nexus for the installation of the inter-array cables, with a total length of 29 kilometres. Trencher Dig-It will bury the cables to the required depth. The wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2026.

Windanker Offshore Wind Farm is Iberdrola Group’s third offshore wind farm in the Baltic. The project will feature 21 Siemens Gamesa 15 MW wind turbines and is planned to be commissioned in 2026. The wind turbines will be installed by Havfram. The transition pieces are manufactured by Windar. Image: Svanen Source: Van Oord

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