DONG Energy has decided to set up an operation and maintenance base for its 752MW Borssele 1&2 project at the Vlissingen harbour.
The developer has signed a Letter of Intent with Zeeland Seaports, with both parties agreeing on further development of a specific location in Vlissingen Buitenhaven in the coming months. The final contract will be signed as soon as both parties reach an agreement on the terms and conditions, DONG stated.
Claus Bøjle Møller, Programme Director for Borssele 1&2 at DONG Energy: “Vlissingen offers an excellent location for our O&M base in terms of onshore and offshore logistics as well as maritime services for the construction and operation of our new wind farm.”
Jasper Vis, Country Manager for DONG Energy Netherlands, said: “We look forward to settling in the province of Zeeland and contributing to further regional economic development and long-term employment.We will obviously enter into a dialogue with companies in the region and our future neighbors to explore the options for cooperation.”
DONG Energy won the concession rights to build Borssele 1&2 in July 2016, with an average bid strike price (excluding transmission costs) of EUR 72.70 per MWh during the first 15 years of the contract. After that, the wind farms will receive the market price.
In early July of this year, DONG Energy and Siemens Gamesa signed an agreement for the supply and maintenance of 94 8MW turbines for the project, followed by signing of a grid connection agreement with TenneT.
Borssele 1&2 will be located 22km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland in water depths between 14 and 38 metres and will cover an area of 128.3km2. The power supplied by the 752MW offshore wind farm will be sufficient to cover the annual electricity consumption of close to one million households.
The project is scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2020.