In partnership with VolkerWessels (Volker Stevin International), Royal Boskalis Westminster has won a contract from Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH. The contract is for for the design, procurement, fabrication, supply, transportation, installation, and testing of 67 foundations for the Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the German sector of the North Sea.
The contract is worth EUR500 million (USD559 million) and will be split 50/50 between Boskalis and VolkerWessels.
The wind farm is 130 km north of Eemshaven and will generate a total capacity of 400 MW. The project will commence at the end of 2015 and completion is expected in 4Q/2016.
Speaking to IHS Maritime, a Boskalis spokesman said, “For this project the seabed will be prepared for the foundations’ installation by placing a scour protection filter layer at each of the 67 locations – we will deploy a Boskalis fallpipe vessel for the task.
“Boskalis and Volker will then install the foundations, each consisting of a monopile and transition piece, but not the turbines.
“These 85 m-long monopoles weigh approximately 1,300 tonnes each,” he continued, “and have a diameter of 7.8 m. To install them, a purpose-built jack-up vessel will be used, supplemented by shared equipment from Boskalis and Volker.”
Boskalis and VolkerWessels’ rapidly growing offshore wind farm portfolio includes the EUR90 million cable-laying contract for the 288MW Sandbank project – 90km west of the island of Sylt on Germany’s North Sea coast – which the JV won in August last year.
The JV also won a EUR55 million Statoil and Statkraft contract for cabling works at the Dudgeon Offshore wind farm project, 32km off the United Kingdom’s North Norfolk coast, in July 2014 that continues through to 2016.
It also completed the scour protection, foundations, transport, and installation of monopoles for the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the East Irish Sea in 2014 – a similar project to Veja Mate and awarded by a Dong Energy-Scottish Power Renewables JV.
“Boskalis’ strategy is aimed at benefitting from key macro-economic factors, which drive worldwide demand in our markets,” the spokesman said. “This project is related to the development of generating renewable energy due to climate change and increasing energy consumption.”