April 30 (Renewables Now) - Royal Boskalis Westminster NV (AMS:BOKA) said Monday it has secured a contract worth over EUR 100 million (USD 112m) to install the offshore export cables for the 1.4-GW Hornsea 2 wind farm the North Sea.
Danish energy major Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) selected the Dutch dredging and offshore contractor for the job. It includes preparation of the offshore export cable route, installation and protection of three export cable circuits, whose combined length will be about 380 km.
Ørsted is building Hornsea 2, an offshore wind park comprising 165 units of Siemens Gamesa’s 8-MW turbines, about 90 km off the Yorkshire Coast. The three export cables will connect the offshore substation to the onshore substation in England with the help of a 300-metre-long horizontal directional drilling, crossing the sea defense of Horseshoe Point, UK.
Works are expected to start later this year, with a planned completion near the end of 2021, Boskalis said.
Also on Monday, Ørsted said all 174 foundations and monopiles at the 1.2-GW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm are now in place. The first of the wind farm’s 174 Siemens Gamesa turbines, each with a capacity of 7 MW, started power generation in February.
#MondayMotivation news! We’ve now completed all 174 foundations and monopiles at Hornsea 1! When fully operational, it will be capable of powering well over 1 million UK homes and will become the world's largest #offshore wind farm! #CleanEnergy pic.twitter.com/IeEQnMN84U— Ørsted UK (@OrstedUK) April 29, 2019