BOW Terminal Smulders

BOW Terminal to Serve as Transit Yard for Noirmoutier Transition Pieces

Smulders has partnered with the Netherlands’ BOW Terminal to serve as the temporary storage yard for the 61 transition pieces (TPs) for the Iles D’Yeu et Noirmoutier offshore wind farm in France.

BOW Terminal Smulders
Source: BOW Terminal

The first TPs have already been unloaded at the terminal in Vlissingen on 19 February.

Smulders manufactures the units in Hoboken, Belgium, under a contract signed with the project’s developer, Éoliennes en Mer des Îles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier (EMYN), a consortium including Ocean Winds (an ENGIE and EDPR joint venture), Sumitomo Corporation, La Banque des Territoires and Vendée Energie.

Each transition piece is 29.5 metre tall, with a diameter of six metres, and weighs just over 360 tonnes.

BOW Terminal is responsible for unloading the TPs, storing them, and transferring them alongside the UHL Force, which will transport the units to France.

Additionally, BOW Terminal facilitates Smulders in preparing the TPs for transportation to France.

“Smulders’ selection of BOW Terminal for the temporary storage and completion of transition pieces (TPs) before their shipment to the final customer in France underscores the strategic advantage of our terminal’s location. This decision reaffirms our facility’s pivotal role in supporting the development of offshore wind farms in the North Sea and further afield in the foreseeable future,” said Jean Pierre van Lieshout, General Manager of BOW Terminal.


The 496 MW Iles D’Yeu et Noirmoutier offshore wind farm is located off the coast of Vendée, 11.6 kilometres from the island of Yeu and 16.5 kilometres from Noirmoutier.

The project will feature 62 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines, which the OEM will produce in its Le Havre facility.

The offshore wind farm is slated for commissioning in 2025 when it is expected to produce enough electricity to power up to 800,000 households.


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