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Van Oord secures offshore wind project in Poland

It is the largest renewable energy project in Poland to date. Van Oord has been commissioned to build the Baltica 2 offshore wind farm, which was developed by Ørsted and PGE.

The wind farm is located 40 km off the coast in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. Van Oord will transport and install 111 extended monopiles, 107 of which will serve as foundations for wind turbines and the other four as foundations for offshore substations. [ds_preview]

With a production capacity of 1.5 GW, the wind farm will be the largest renewable energy project in Poland to date and will generate enough green energy to cover the electricity consumption of around 2.4 million Polish households.

Van Oord will deploy the offshore installation vessel “Aeolus”, once built at the Sietas shipyard, and the heavy lift installation vessel Svanen for this important Polish offshore wind project. The Svanen will undergo a comprehensive modernization this year. The extension of the gantry crane will make the Svanen one of the largest floating heavy-lift installation vessels in the world and increase its lifting capacity. This upgrade will enable the “Svanen” to install the foundations for the new generation of 14 MW wind turbines for the Baltica 2 offshore wind farm.

The foundations for this offshore wind farm are extended monopiles, which combine the traditional combination of monopile and transition piece in one element. According to Van Oord, this saves lifting work at sea and makes installation safer and faster. The “Nordnes” downpipe vessel from Van Oord is used for the installation of rocks at all foundation locations.

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