Van Oord has been awarded transport and installation contracts for two prominent offshore wind farms—Baltic Power in the Baltic Sea and Greater Changhua 2b and 4 in Taiwan. The contracts, with a combined value exceeding €500 million, underscore Van Oord's position as a key player in the offshore wind industry.
For the 1.14GW Baltic Power project, Van Oord will undertake the transport and installation of 78 foundations, including two foundations for offshore substations. The deployment of the heavy-lift installation vessel Svanen will facilitate the installation of monopile foundations, while a third-party DP installation vessel will handle the installation of 76 transition pieces.
The entire process is slated to commence in 2024, with completion expected in the summer of 2025. Baltic Power, a joint venture between ORLEN (Poland) and Northland Power (Canada), is driving the development of this offshore wind farm.
In Taiwan, Van Oord is set to play a pivotal role in Orsted's Greater Changhua 2b and 4 project. The company will be responsible for the transport and installation of three export cables, totaling approximately 175 kilometers in length. The dedicated cable-laying vessel Nexus will be deployed for cable transportation and installation, while Van Oord's trencher Dig-It will bury the cables to the required depth. The LNG-powered hopper dredger Vox Apolonia will be utilized for pre-excavating cable joint pits. The timeline for these activities spans from 2024 to the completion in 2025.