Gigantic Foundations for Danish Offshore Wind Farm Leave Port of Ostend

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Image Courtesy: Port of Ostend

At 2pm yesterday, a barge with the two impressive foundations of 10,000 tonnes and 8,000 tonnes, destined for the Danish offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak, left the port of Ostend in Belgium, marking an important milestone of the project.

The barge is towed by the tug Zeus of Finland and is planned to arrive in Denmark on the 15th of January 2018. Depending on the weather conditions, the first foundation will be installed by the end of January, and the second a couple of weeks later. Once the foundations have been installed the company’s most recent multipurpose vessel Adhémar de Saint-Venant will start with the ballasting and scour protection works.

Jan De Nul Group and Smulders joined forces to build two Gravity Based Foundations (GBFs) for the high voltage station of the Danish offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak.
Both foundations consist of a concrete part (GBF) and a steel structure on top. Jan De Nul Group was responsible for the design and construction of the concrete GBF, while Smulders took care of the design and construction of the steel shafts and decks placed on top.

Jan De Nul Group is now in charge of the installation of both GBFs, the ballasting and the placement of scour protection in the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak in Denmark.

The Danish wind farm Kriegers Flak, located in the Baltic Sea, will consist of two parts. Kriegers Flak A, the west section, will have a total capacity of 200 MW. The east section, Kriegers Flak B, will have a total capacity of 400 MW.

Each section will dispose of its own substation, serving both for the future Krieger Flaks offshore wind farm as well as an interconnector between the Danish and German power net. By 2022, Denmark’s to date largest offshore wind farm will start generating CO2-free electricity for approx. 600,000 households. The interconnector project is funded by the European Energy Programme for Recovery.

Sea News, January 10