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Jan De Nul wins foundations contract for Belgian offshore wind farm

Jan De Nul Group has secured a foundations contract for Nobelwind wind farm in the Belgian North Sea.

The agreement covers the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of 51 monopile foundations for 50 wind turbines and the offshore high voltage substation (OHVS), the supply and installation of scour protection and the installation of 50 wind turbine generators.

The Nobelwind project will be constructed next to the Belwind wind farm, around the Bligh Bank sand bank, 46km off the coast at Zeebrugge.

Peter De Pooter, Jan De Nul’s offshore wind manager, said: “The steel foundations will be fabricated in Germany and Vietnam under strict quality control by our specialist inspectors.

“The newly acquired [jack-up heavy lift vessel] Vidar will install the 51 foundations, working from the marshalling harbour in Ostend, and the fall pipe vessel Simon Stevin will place scour protection on the sea bed around the piles.

“Finally, the Vidar will transport the turbines and blades from Denmark to install them up to 100m high onto the foundations.”

When operational, Nobelwind’s 50 Vestas wind turbines will each generate 3.3MW of energy.

Works will commence in April 2016 and are scheduled to be complete in 2017.

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