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Last pile completed for Westermeerwind wind park

Joint venture partners Van Oord and Mammoet have announced completion of the last piled foundation for the new Westermeerwind wind park in the Netherlands.

According to Van Oord, the work on the 48 piled foundations in the Ijsselmeer was completed ahead of schedule following improved efficiency as the scheme progressed.

Van Oord said that foundation work could only be undertaken during daytime shifts and the site team was scheduled to install one foundation per day but expertise gained during the work enabled two piles to be driven per day in the latter stages of the contract.

The company has said that power cables now being laid between the completed offshore wind turbine foundations and the transformer station. The installation of the 44km of cables between the wind turbines and the land will be completed in June. The installation of the tower sections, nacelles, and blades will begin in mid-July and the wind farm is expected to come online in February 2016.

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