Jan De Nul Completes Formosa 2 OWF Jacket Installation and Inter Array Cable
Jan De Nul Group successfully completed the installation of the 47 jacket foundations with 188 pin piles, and the 4 export and 47 inter array cables on the Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan. With the achievement of these major milestones, Jan De Nul brings its EPCI scope onto the final straight towards completion in the coming weeks.
Jan De Nul subcontracted EEW KHPC for the fabrication of 188 pin piles, some with a weight of over 270t and a length up to 79m.
In 2020, the piles were transported from the fabrication yards in South-Korea and Malaysia to the marshalling harbour in Taichung, Taiwan. Heavy Lift Vessel Seaway Yudin commenced installing the piles in water depths up to 55m, with the final pile installed on 22 August 2022.
During the installation activities, Jan De Nul also managed the underwater noise monitoring and marine mammal observation in compliance with the environmental restrictions and permits.
Jan De Nul ordered the jacket foundations from Sembcorp Marine Ltd. and Saipem S.A. Fabrication at the yards in Indonesia commenced in 2020. With a height of up to 91m and a weight of over 1,600t, they are amongst the largest and heaviest jackets in the offshore wind industry, equalling the height of a typical 30-floor building.
From October 2021 to July 2022, three heavy transport vessels delivered all jackets to the marshalling harbour for intermediate storage and final preparation before installation, which commenced in April 2022 with Heavy Lift Vessel Bokalift 1.
The final jacket was installed on 26 August 2022, thereby completing the foundation fabrication and installation scope.
In 2020, Jan De Nul subcontracted the manufacturing of 34.5km of export cables and 87km of inter-array cables to LS Cable. Jan De Nul’s shallow water Cable-Laying Vessel Willem de Vlamingh and Multipurpose Vessel Connector picked up, transported and installed the cables in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Both vessels also acted as trenching support vessel to bury the cables with a jet trencher in certain sections of the cable routes. Jan De Nul’s Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Niña and Francis Beaufort performed pre-trenching in the harder sections.
The four export cables were pulled through the drilled HDD pipes nearshore in 2021, and were finally joined onshore with the land cables at the transition joint bays. Installation of the 47 inter-array cables commenced in May 2022 and was completed on 1 September.
In the coming weeks, Offshore Support Vessel Orient Constructor of local partner DFO will continue facilitating walk-to-work access for the teams finalising the terminations of the cables, allowing the energization of the entire wind farm.
Offshore Support Vessel Grand Canyon 2 and Jan De Nul’s Connector will complete the remaining cable burials and stabilizations in the course of September.
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