Norther Completed in Record Time – Heavy Lift News
2 May 2019

Norther Completed in Record Time

All 44 wind turbines, of Norther OWF, the largest Belgian offshore wind farm, have been installed. This happened in just three months, which is a record time.

In a nutshell:

  • 44 wind turbines installed in record time
  • MHI Vestas wind turbines are higher than the Atomium in Brussels
  • Norther will be fully operational before the end of the Summer holidays

At the beginning of February, Norther began the most crucial phase in the construction of Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm: the installation of 44 turbines. Barely three months later, they all have been installed, which is a record time in terms of construction time. The installation of this type of wind turbine would normally take twice as long.

For the construction, Norther called in two suppliers, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Van Oord. Van Oord oversaw the design, engineering, delivery, and commissioning of the foundations of the wind turbines and the electrical infrastructure (transformer station and cabling) and was also responsible for the transport of the wind turbines. For this, Van Oord used its jack-up ship Aeolus.

In less than 9 months, Van Oord – as Balance of Plant contractor -, completed the entire offshore operation. In a record time of only 3 months, offshore installation vessel Aeolus has installed all 44 turbine foundations at the designated locations.

(All) …this happened in just three months, which is a record time. This is due to the good weather conditions, the expertise and smooth cooperation of all parties involved.

Source and Photographs all courtesy of Norther NV


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