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Oostende a hive of offshore wind activity

The Port of Oostende is a hive of offshore wind activity with multiple construction and maintenance operations underway for a number of offshore wind farms. off the Belgium and Dutch coastlines.

Jan De Nuls jack-up installation vessel
Vole au Ventrecently completed foundation installation work at the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm. Operating out of the REBO Terminal at the Port of Oostende, the vessel installed 23 foundations for wind turbines and one foundation for the high-voltage station over the past six months. The Vole au Ventis now being prepared to install the wind turbine components from Vlissingen.

The commissioning of
Northwester 2 will then take place from Oostende, with the vessel Acta Orion, which will call at the port every two weeks from the end of November. The project is expected to be operational by 2020.

In the meantime, Van Oord is working from Oostende on the installation of the array cables for the
Norther wind farm. The project is located 23 km from Oostende and consists of 44 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW wind turbines. Cable works are being completed using Van Oords cable-layer Nexus. Van Oord is supporting the the transport  of technicians from Oostende to the Dutch Blauwind project.

In the coming days, Fred. Olsens
Bold Ternis expected to arrive at Oostende to carry out maintenance work on the blades of turbines at the Nobelwind, Belwind and Northwind offshore wind farm.  

Next year the  REBO terminal will be used to support the construction of SeaMade. Consisting of two offshore wind farms,
Mermaid and Seastar,  SeaMade is located approximately 40-50km off the coast of Ostend, Belgium, in water depths ranging between 22m and 38m. Installation of the projects foundations is underway by DEME Group.

Nacelles, tower elements and blades of the 58 turbines will arrive at the REBO terminal and be stored and prepared for installation at sea. More than half of the foundations have already been installed in the concession area and activity will continue throughout 2020.

"The continuity of the offshore wind activities shows that Oostende is the offshore wind hub for the southern part of the North Sea. The development and maintenance of the offshore wind farms are currently the most important components of the Blue Economy." Dirk Declerck, CEO Port Oostende, explains.


For more information on offshore wind farms worldwide, click here. You can also view projects worldwide on 4C Offshores interactive map.

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