Van Oord Sends Cable Installation Fleet to Taiwan

Subsea construction vessel Topaz Tangaroa has left the Netherlands and is on her way to Taiwan to join Van Oord’s cable laying vessel Nexus on the Greater Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind project.

Van Oord Sends Cable Installation Fleet to Taiwan
Topaz Tangaroa. Source: Van Oord

Prior to leaving the Netherlands, Topaz Tangaroa was equipped with Van Oord’s trencher Dig-It, and a walk-to-work system.

AIS data shows that Nexus is well on her way to Taiwan and was in Manila, the Philippines, on 15 March.

Van Oord is in charge of the transportation, installation, and burial of the inter-array and export cables at the 900 MW project.

In total, Van Oord will install 111 inter-array cables with a total length of approximately 135 kilometres, and three export cables with a total of approximately 145 kilometres.

This is the first cable installation project in Taiwan for Van Oord.

The Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms are being developed by Ørsted 35-60 kilometres off the west coast of Taiwan.

The wind farms will feature 111 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines installed on jacket foundations and scheduled to be fully operational by 2022.