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Jan De Nul wins EPCI contract for 165MW offshore wind facility in Belgium

CTBR Staff Writer Published 28 September 2015

Jan De Nul has secured an engineering procurement construction and installation (EPCI) contract for a 165MW offshore wind power plant in Belgium from Nobelwind.


The contract will cover the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of 51 monopile foundations for 50 Vestas wind turbines of 3.3MW each and for the offshore high voltage substation.

Jan De Nul will also supply and install scour protection, in addition to the installation of 50 wind turbine generators.

Vidar, the newly acquired jack-up heavy lift vessel of Jan De Nul, will carry out the installation work that is scheduled to begin in April 2016 and end in 2017.

Jan De Nul Group offshore wind manager Peter De Pooter said: "Jan De Nul Group will execute the design, fabrication and installation of the 50 wind energy generators, inclusive foundation for the OHVS.

"The steel foundations will be fabricated in Germany and Vietnam under strict quality control by our specialist inspectors. The newly acquired Vidar will install the 51 foundations working from the marshalling harbour in Ostend and the fall pipe vessel Simon Stevin will place scour protection on the sea bed around the piles.

"Finally the Vidar will transport the turbines and blades from Denmark to install them up to 100 m high onto the foundations."

To be located off the coast of Zeebrugge, the wind facility will be connected to the Belgian power grid through an export cable previously installed by Jan De Nul in 2013.

The clean electricity generated at the facility will be enough to power close to 197,000 families.

Earlier in June this year, Bladt Industries and Semco Maritime won a contract from Nobelwind to build the offshore substation for Bligh Bank II wind farm in Belgium.

Image: Vidar, the newly acquired jack-up heavy lift vessel of Jan De Nul, will carry out the installation work at the facility. Photo: courtesy of © Jan De Nul Group.