Van Oord has been awarded the contract for the infield cabling and burial of the DanTysk offshore wind farm project 70 km off Sylt, Germany. The laying work will begin in the spring of 2013 and be completed around six months later.
The DanTysk wind farm is a joint venture between Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH and Stadtwerke München. Vattenfall is responsible for the construction and operation of the wind farm located some 70 kilometres to the west of the island of Sylt in the German North Sea. The 80 wind turbines (Siemens 3.6 MW) have a total capacity of 288 megawatts and can generate electricity for up to 300,000 households.
The agreed services with Van Oord encompass design, delivery, laying, pull-in and burial of the cables to the 80 steel foundations. The cabling has a total length of 111 kilometres. The infield cabling connects the 80 wind turbines with the offshore transformer station. Van Oord's equipment is capable of carrying the entire cable length in four shipments from the fabrication yard of Parker Scanrope in Norway to the DanTysk site.
"By using Van Oord, we have enlisted the services of a highly experienced and reliable partner in offshore projects. The key factor in this award of contract was the specialist technical equipment of the transportation fleet which guarantees on-schedule and thus cost-efficient cable laying. Van Oord proved to be a professional bidder over the entire negotiating period," says Georg Friedrichs, Head of the Offshore Wind Division at Vattenfall. Van Oord possesses extensive experience in the construction of offshore wind farms. Vattenfall has previously successfully partnered with the company on the wind farm project Alpha Ventus.