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Van Oord to install foundations for Walney extension

Dong Energy has awarded Van Oord the contract to transport and install 87 foundations for the Walney extension offshore wind farm.

Van Oord will transport the foundations, monopiles and transition pieces from the various suppliers in Denmark, Germany and the UK, and then install the foundations at the offshore wind farm site which is located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19km off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria.

The wind farm will consist of 87 wind turbines, including 40 Vestas and 47 Siemens wind turbines with a total capacity of 660MW.

The installation work is scheduled to start in spring 2017.

Johan van Wijland, managing director of Van Oord offshore wind projects, said: “After signing the contract for the transport and installation of the foundations for the Burbo Bank extension offshore wind farm earlier this year, we are proud that Dong is again showing its appreciation for our approach to constructing offshore wind projects.

“Both companies are experienced in the field and feel that cooperating on two succeeding projects will enable us to optimise our work methods even further, as well as to gain from each other’s know-how and experience and, thus, to contribute to the further development of offshore wind energy as a reliable renewable energy source.”

The wind farm is set to be complete in 2018.

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