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Van Oord Secures Contract for German Windanker Offshore Wind Farm

Van Oord, a Dutch marine contractor, has been awarded a contract by the Spanish energy giant Iberdrola for the construction of the Windanker offshore wind farm in Germany. This project marks another significant addition to Van Oord’s portfolio of offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea, underscoring its expertise and leadership in the renewable energy sector.

The scope of Van Oord’s work includes the transportation and installation of 21 XL monopiles and transition pieces, as well as the design, supply, and installation of the inter-array cable grid. The Windanker wind farm will boast an installed capacity of 300 MW, aligning with Germany’s ambitious goal to develop 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

For the installation of the monopiles, Van Oord will utilize its heavy-lift installation vessel, Svanen. This vessel will undergo a major upgrade to handle the next generation of monopile foundations, making it well-suited for the challenging conditions of the Baltic Sea. Svanen’s impressive track record includes projects like Baltic 2, Arkona, Danish Kriegers Flak, and Baltic Eagle.

Additionally, Van Oord’s dedicated cable-laying vessel, Nexus, will be deployed for the installation of the inter-array cables, which will span a total length of 29 kilometers. The Trencher Dig-It will ensure the cables are buried to the required depth.

The Windanker offshore wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2026, contributing significantly to Germany’s renewable energy targets and demonstrating Van Oord’s pivotal role in the energy transition.

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