Deutsche Bucht Substation Topside Loaded Out

The topside for the offshore substation of the Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm has been loaded on the pontoon at the Damen Shiprepair yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

Source: Smulders

The topside was loaded out on Sunday 24 February, Smulders said. The accompanying jacket was loaded on the pontoon earlier that week.

The topside will set sail to the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm as soon as all is ready and provided that weather allows it.

The joint venture Smulders-Eiffage was chosen by Van Oord for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the topside and jacket.

Smulders was to cover the steel constructions, architectural outfitting, sea fastening and load out of the topside plus the steel construction, sea fastening and load out of the jacket. CG was responsible for the HV/MV, while Eiffage was in charge of the LX/AUX.

Located 95 kilometres northwest of Germany’s Borkum Island, the 269MW Deutsche Bucht will comprise 33 MHI Vestas 8.4MW wind turbines installed on 31 monopile foundations and two mono bucket foundations.

The wind farm is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2019.