Van Oord to Construct Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Farm

Van Oord has won the Balance of Plant (BOP) contract for Northland Power’s 252MW Deutsche Bucht, or DeBu, offshore wind farm after the project reached its financial close.

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The BOP scope consists of the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the foundations, inter-array cables and an offshore high voltage station, as well as the transportation of the wind turbines.

Additionally, among others, Van Oord will deploy its offshore installation vessel Aeolus and cable-laying vessel Nexus. The installation is expected to start in the second half of 2018.

“Our cooperation during the Gemini project had proved very successful. We are confident that this will be another excellent cooperation between Northland Power and Van Oord. Both Northland Power and Van Oord share the ambition to contribute to the further development of offshore wind as reliable renewable energy source,” Arnoud Kuis, Director at Van Oord Offshore Wind said.

The Deutsche Bucht wind farm is located in the German Bight, 95 kilometres northwest from the island of Borkum. It will consist of 31 8MW MHI Vestas wind turbines and will have a total power of 252MW.

Deutsche Bucht is expected to be operational by the end of 2019.

NOTE: Pieter van Oord, the Chief Executive Officer of Van Oord, will be the opening speaker during this year’s Offshore WIND Conference held at Amsterdam RAI on 9 and 10 October.