Smulders, acting for and on behalf of the JV Iemants-Eiffage, has rolled out the substation topside for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm at the yard of Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen.
The milestone was achieved 10 months after starting the final assembly in January 2018.
The topside was driven outside for further outfitting on 21 October.
Offshore installation is planned in the first half of 2019. The topside will be installed on top of the 60-meters-high jacket foundation, which is also being built by Smulders.
The joint venture Iemants-Eiffage was chosen by Van Oord for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the substation topside and jacket.
With DNSN, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen manages and supports the works and provides Iemants-Eiffage with a small group of professionals for welding and painting works, Smulders said.
The 269MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm will comprise 33 MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines installed some 95 kilometres northwest of the Borkum Island in Germany. The wind turbines will be installed on 31 monopile foundations and two mono bucket foundations.
Canadian energy company Northland Power is the owner and developer of the project. Commissioning of the wind farm is expected to take place in the second half of 2019.