Van Oord scores jobs in the Baltic Sea and off Taiwan
Van Oord has secured two contracts valued at over €500 million, one in the Baltic Sea and the other in Taiwan. The company has been contracted by Orlen and Northland Power for the Baltic Power project, while the contract for the Greater Changhua 2b and 4 wind farms offshore Taiwan has been awarded by Ørsted.
The Baltic Power offshore wind farm will be located in the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone of the Baltic Sea, 23 kilometres from shore. The wind farm will feature 76 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1.14 GW and will ultimately supply renewable energy to more than 1.5 million households in Poland. Baltic Power will be Poland’s first offshore wind farm and an important step in the country’s transition to renewable energy.
Van Oord will transport and install 78 foundations, 76 WTG foundations (each one consisting of a monopile and a transition piece), and an additional two foundations for offshore substations. To install the monopile foundations, Van Oord will deploy its heavy-lift installation vessel Svanen. The 76 transition pieces will be installed by a third-party DP installation vessel. The transport and installation of the foundations is scheduled to start in 2024 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025.
Greater Changhua 2b and 4
Van Oord recently signed on to the Greater Changhua 2b and 4 project. These wind farms are being constructed by Ørsted, 50 kilometres off the west coast of Taiwan. With a total capacity of 920 MW, they will supply renewable energy to approximately 1 million Taiwanese households per year.
Van Oord will be responsible for the transport and installation of three export cables, with a total length of approximately 175 kilometres. To transport and install the cables, Van Oord will deploy its dedicated cable-laying vessel Nexus. Van Oord’s own trencher Dig-It will bury the cables to the required depth. To pre-excavate cable joint pits down to the necessary burial depth, Van Oord will deploy its LNG-powered hopper dredger Vox Apolonia. The works are scheduled to start in 2024 and are expected to be finished in 2025.