Ørsted awards Van Oord major Taiwan wind farm cable contract

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Van Oord's cable-laying vessel Nexus was delivered by Damen Shipyards' Galati, Romania yard in 2015

Here’s a reminder that there’s more to offshore wind farms than wind turbines. Rotterdam headquartered Van Oord has been awarded a contract by Ørsted for the cable installation works at the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms. off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan. .

Van Oord is responsible for the transportation, installation and burial of the 111 inter array cables, with a total length of approximately 135 km, and the three export cables, with a total length of approximately 145 km.

To carry out the work, Van Oord will deploy its dedicated cable-laying vessel Nexus, equipped with a cable carousel with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes. Van Oord’s own trencher Dig-It will bury the cables to the required depth. The installation work starts in 2021.

The 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms will be the first cable project in Taiwan for Van Oord. Once operational in 2022, the windfarms will contribute significantly to the Taiwanese government’s target of 5.7 GW offshore wind by 2025.

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