Substation installed at 370MW Belgian Norther Wind Farm
Date 29 August 2018
Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm under development has reached a milestone last week with the installation of its substation being completed.
The 370MW Norther Wind Farm is worth €1.2bn and is located off the Belgian coast, 23km from the port of Zeebruges.
Its annual output is set to be 1.4bn KWh, which will be sufficient to supply 400,000 households with energy. The farm will include 44 MHI Vestas V164-8.4MW wind turbines.
The installation was completed by Eneco and Elicio, and was built at Engie Fabricom’s facility at Hoboken, Belgium. Also involved in the development of the project is Diamond Generation Europe, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi.
The substation topside, which weighs 1,300 tonnes, was lifted onto its foundation using Scaldis Salvage & Marine Contractors NV’s heavy lift crane vessel, ‘Gulliver’.
Photo posted by Herman IJsseling on Linkedin: “The Norther topside was lifted by Scaldis’ Gulliver and the tugboats Multratug 20 & 4 are moving away the Osprey barge. Photographed during our photo flight this morning.”
Salvage plan changed due to weather
Plan change for salvage
Gulliver and Innovation Lift 1,200t
Scaldis' Gulliver, Swire Blue Ocean's Pacific Osprey, DEME Offshore's Innovation and the EnBW Albatros Offshore substation