Dutch contractor Van Oord has been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the first part of the Belwind project on the Blight Bank, 46 kilometers off the coast of Zeebrugge,Belgium.
The £242M (€280M) project is being developed by Belwind nv, backed by Dutch and Belgian shareholders. 55 wind turbines, all infield, subsea cables in between the wind farms, the subsea export cable, a 165 MW offshore high voltage station and placement of 55 turbines.
Work has already started and the project is scheduled to complete in November 2010, and will go on-line in 2011, to provide 165,000 families with environment-friendly power.
CEO of Van Oord, Pieter van Oord, said: “This is Van Oord’s second EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract. Earlier we completed the Princess Amalia wind farm project off the coast of IJmuiden, the Netherlands.
“Our knowledge and experience is concentrated in our business unit Offshore Wind Projects (OWP). The award of the Belwind project confirms our leading role as EPC contractor in North West Europe,” he said.