Van Oord Vessel to Start Windpark Fryslân Work

Van Oord’s crane vessel Werkendam has arrived at the IJsselmeer to start working on the Windpark Fryslân nearshore wind farm project.

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The vessel will be involved in the construction of an artificial island off the Frisian coast, Windpark Fryslân said.

With a land area of 2ha and a submerged, shallow water area of 25ha, the island will be used by contractors during the construction of the wind farm and then turned into a nature reserve and a bird sanctuary.

Located south of the Afsluitdijk and some six kilometers off the Frisian coast, the 382.7MW Windpark Fryslân will comprise 89 4.3MW Siemens Gamesa turbines scheduled to be commissioned in 2021.

The nearshore wind farm is being built by Zuiderzeewind, a consortium of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.