Friday, July 3, 2020

Arcadis Ost 1 monopile foundation contract awarded to Steelwind

In the presence of Lower Saxony’s Minister for Environment and Energy, Olaf Lies,  Parkwind and Steelwind have signed a contract for the fabrication of the monopile (MP) foundations for the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm this Friday, July 3rd, at Steelwind HQ in Nordenham, Germany.

This signature follows the recently announced OSS contract with Bladt and further secures Parkwind’s planning for the project.

As one of the key market players in monopile fabrication, Steelwind will deliver 27 WTG and one OSS next generation XXL-Monopile units.

Arcadis Ost 1 Project Manager, Clément Helbig de Balzac from Parkwind commented: “We believe the signature of this agreement sends a strong positive message during a difficult COVID-19 context. The impact generated by this contract fits into EU’s Green Deal initiative and demonstrates the offshore industry’s role in helping Germany reach its ambitious CO2 reduction targets as well as in stimulating the economy and local employment during a particularly difficult COVID-19 context. ”

Dr.Ralf Hubo and Alexander Morber, managing directors of Steelwind added: “These single-piece monopile foundations beyond XXL will be the biggest monopiles so far for German windfarms. The integration of some parts of the transition piece into the monopiles offers a new chance to reduce costs although the dimensions are really large. Our fabrication technology is very well adapted to these kind of monopiles and we are very proud that we have got this innovative order from Parkwind.

The monopile production starts 2021. Europe’s leading producer of heavy plate Dillinger will supply the heavy steel plates for the monopiles.

 

 

About Arcadis Ost I

The Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm has a capacity of about 247 MW and is located in the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen, within the 12-nautical mile zone of the Federal State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. In April 2018, Parkwind was successful in the offshore wind auction in Germany, launched by the Federal Grid Agency.

About Steelwind Nordenham GmbH

Steelwind Nordenham GmbH, a Dillinger Group company, has been manufacturing monopiles and transition pieces in Nordenham since 2015, and now also produces “single-piece” monopile foundations with unit weights of up to 2,400 metric tons. The single-piece monopile foundation replaces the previous design with a separate monopile and transition piece by integrating certain parts of the transition piece into the monopile. The monopile can then be up to 120 meters long. The steel for the foundations comes from Dillinger – the European heavy plate market leader located in Saarland. For more information, see http://www.steelwind-nordenham.de/

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Northwester 2 Wind Farm is Completed

In just under ten months from the start of the offshore works, the 219 MW Northwester 2 wind farm is now supplying the Belgian grid with green energy from all of its 23 fully operational wind turbines producing 9,5 MW each. This wind farm is the first to use the world’s highest rated V164-9.5 MW turbines in commercial operation.

This is the seventh wind farm in the Belgian North Sea, which now brings the total offshore energy capacity to 1,776 MW and moves Belgium closer to reaching the goal of supplying 10% of energy demand with offshore wind by the end of 2020.

“As we started the offshore construction of our fourth wind farm back in July last year, we could not have imagined the circumstances under which we would be completing this project. Following the powerful storms over the winter that caused some temporary disruption, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to deal with an unprecedented level of uncertainty. We managed to keep the project on track though. Following an excellent dialogue with the Belgian government and a great collaboration with our contractors, all operating procedures were re-designed to continue the construction works, ensuring the health and safety of all people involved and safeguarding their safe return home during  this COVID-19 pandemic. Today we can proudly say ‘we did it’. commented Peter Caluwaerts, Parkwind’s Project Director, ‘We are grateful to every individual that has contributed to the timely and – most importantly – safe realization of the Northwester 2 project. Everyone has demonstrated exceptional problem solving skills, courage, resilience and determination to successfully complete this project.”

Now that Northwester 2 is completed, Parkwind’s focus shifts towards exporting its offshore expertise internationally. Arcadis Ost 1 (Germany) and Oriel (Ireland) are both in development and will bring an additional 577 MW of capacity to its portfolio while other opportunities in Europe, Asia and North America are under review.

 

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About Northwester 2

 Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession approximately 51km offshore in the Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind (70%) and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). Parkwind has been in charge of the development and construction. The company is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and operates the wind farm from the Ostend harbour.

About Sumitomo Corporation

 With its global network and based on trust from companies in various industries and from consumers, Sumitomo Corporation engages in multifaceted business activities by making the most of its Integrated Corporate Strength. These business activities include sales of a variety of products and services, import and export, trilateral trade, and domestic and international business investment. For more information, see www.sumitomocorp.com

 

 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Parkwind and Bladt sign a contract for the construction of the Arcadis Ost 1 substation

Parkwind and Bladt have signed an agreement for the design, fabrication, and installation of the Arcadis Ost 1 substation in the German Baltic Sea. The platform is jointly developed and will be jointly operated with 50Hertz, the responsible Transmission System Operator (TSO) for connecting the offshore wind farms in the German Baltic Sea. The offshore wind farm, 19 km off the island of Rugen is expected to start offshore installation works in 2022. The contract signature is the result of a productive collaboration between Parkwind and Bladt and kicks-off the next project phase with first steel-works.

Bladt Industries is to deliver the complete substation for Parkwind, with Semco Maritime and ISC as key partners.  Semco Maritime will be responsible for the design and implementation of the entire electrical systems while the structural design will be delivered by ISC Engineering.

“In the context of a global crisis, this signature and the imminent start of the works at Bladt, demonstrate Parkwind’s unwavering commitment to successfully deliver the Arcadis Ost 1 project in line with the plan set more than a year ago. We are convinced that the team composed of Parkwind, Bladt and 50Hertz brings the expertise needed to deliver the transformation platform of the highest HSSE and quality standards. The shared substation will become the heart of Arcadis Ost 1 Offshore Windfarm, supplying the German grid with green energy for up to 300,000 households,” commented Parkwind’s Project Manager, Clément Helbig de Balzac.

“We are exceptionally pleased once more to be selected by Parkwind. We have together succeeded to negotiate a contract, which we will execute together with Parkwind and our partners in the project team. We are looking into a complex project execution plan, but we have allocated an experienced project team to deliver according to the requirements. I am convinced that the strong partnership and trust between Parkwind and Bladt will be strengthened even further as we jointly embark the fourth project together,” says Nils Overgaard, Chief Sales Officer, Bladt Industries.

“This is another exciting project for Parkwind that we are very pleased to be able to contribute to in cooperation with Bladt and a strong and close-knit team of partners. We will leverage and build on our strong track record together and look forward to bringing our technology, experience and competences into play once again to support Parkwind’s ambition of creating a truly sustainable future, says Carsten Nielsen, Senior Vice President, Renewables Semco Maritime.

 

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About Arcadis Ost I

The Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm has a capacity of about 247 MW and is located in the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen, within the 12-nautical mile zone of the Federal State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. In April 2018, Parkwind was successful in the offshore wind auction in Germany, launched by the Federal Grid Agency.

About Bladt Industries

Bladt Industries is an international steel construction company specialising in the production of complex steel structures for offshore projects. Within offshore wind projects, Bladt Industries is a market leader within substations and foundations – from monopile foundations to jacket foundations. Bladt keeps its focus on each individual project; they optimise the process to match the client’s specifications. Whether it is substations, monopile, jacket or XL foundations being manufactured, Bladt acts as a sounding board offering ideas for optimized fabrication based on many years of experience and unique technical expertise. Bladt has a leading position in the world offshore wind market. For more information, please visit: www.bladt.dk.

About Semco

Semco Maritime is an international engineering and contracting company dedicated to projects in the energy sector. For more than 30 years, we have been facilitating design, fabrication, service and maintenance of our customers’ assets, providing comprehensive project management across all phases of energy projects. From turnkey engineering solutions to outsourcing of personnel and delivery of components, systems and solutions – we make sure our customers and partners in the energy sector experience safe and cost-efficient solutions. Semco Maritime has 1,400 employees and branches in Denmark, Norway, the UK, Singapore and the US. For further information, please see www.semcomaritime.com.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Oriel Windfarm Completes Geotechnical Campaign

The Oriel Windfarm has successfully concluded a month long geotechnical survey campaign during March.  It was performed by Geoquip AS, an experienced offshore contractor headquartered in Switzerland.

This work complements last year’s geophysical survey campaign completed during August 2019 by Irish company Alpha Marine. The data collected during these surveys is essential as it not only contributes to the foundation design but also to the future wind farm layout.

“Lead developer Parkwind and its partner ESB continue to invest in these crucial surveys to be in a position to deliver on the timing for offshore wind put forward by the Irish government in its Climate Action Plan and leading up to the RESS auction scheduled for 2021,” said Peter Caluwaerts, Parkwind’s Project Director.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis in the midst of the geotechnical campaign led to the implementation of strict additional safety measures on board to ensure operations were executed in a safe manner. This included the requirement for the drilling ship to stay offshore for the duration of the campaign.

“We would like to thank the fishing communities in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for their constructive attitude and collaboration throughout the duration of these activities,” added Garrett Connell, Project Manager. “Their support has helped us complete this crucial project step enabling us to continue the project design phase and we are fully committed to continue our collaboration and build on this positive engagement as we move the project forward.”

 

About Oriel Windfarm

The Oriel offshore wind farm is in the development stage and is located approximately 22km off the coast of Dundalk. It represents a significant investment in the decarbonisation of the Irish electricity system and represents a significant investment from both ESB and Parkwind. Development of the project began in 2003 and the original investors, many of whom are local to the area, secured an experienced and responsible development partner when Parkwind entered the project in September 2017. The addition of ESB to the joint venture further reinforces the parties commitment to successfully delivering this major investment in Ireland’s sustainable future. For more information, see www.orielwindfarm.ie.

 

About ESB

ESB operates across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to the supply of customers with an expanding presence in the Great Britain generation market. In addition we extract further value through supplying gas, energy services and using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications. ESB is the owner of the distribution and transmission networks in the Republic of Ireland (via ESB Networks) and Northern Ireland (via Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Ltd).  In 2017 it had a 42% share of generation in the all-island market (via Generation and Wholesale Markets) and a 34% share of electricity supply in the all-island market(via Electric Ireland) with 1.4 million customer accounts. \

ESB is a leading developer of renewable power projects in both the UK and Ireland and in 2018, it acquired a 12.5 per cent stake in Galloper offshore wind farm.

ESB contributes almost €2 billion annually to the Irish economy through dividends, investments, taxes and jobs. ESB provides significant employment both directly, with over 7,790 employees, and indirectly through contractors and service providers. For more information, see www.esb.ie

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Northwester 2 completes turbine installation of first 9.5 MW platform

In a joint operation with MHI Vestas and Jan De Nul Group, Parkwind completed the final installation of turbines at the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm. The 219 MW project is located in the Belgian North Sea, approximately 50km off the shore of Ostend, Belgium, and is the first project to use the world’s highest rated V164-9.5 MW turbines in commercial operation.

The installation works started in December 2019. Following a good start, exceptionally adverse weather in the first months slowed the pace of the installation works down. To accelerate operations, a second installation vessel, the Scylla, was brought in mid-March to operate in parallel with Jan De Nul’s Vole au vent. All parties have closely worked together in a professional manner to overcome challenges and succeeded to maintain operational control until completion of the last WTG installation.

Peter Caluwaerts, Parkwind’s Project Director said: “Upon securing a second installation vessel to make up for the time lost in the first months of the year, the COVID-19 crisis broke out threatening to undo all our efforts. However, the extraordinary dedication we witnessed from the different teams, in the midst of an unprecedented context and with all additional safety measures, has been humbling. We are grateful towards all our stakeholders who have supported us in reaching this stage. We now confidently look towards the completion of our wind farm.”

Flemming Ougaard, MHI Vestas Chief Operations Officer noted: “We are pleased to have completed installation at Northwester 2, particularly during this challenging time related to COVID-19. The V164-9.5 MW turbines we have utilised at this project are built on proven technology, and will reliably support this project for decades.”

Stan Logghe, Senior Project Manager Northwester 2 at Jan De Nul Group said: “A challenging project has now successfully been completed. We are proud of the team achievements, involving the foundation design and procurement as well as the installation works of these foundations, all cables and all WTG’s of the Northwester 2 windfarm.”

MHI Vestas also holds a 15 year service agreement at Northwester 2, to maintain the V164-9.5 MW turbines.  Northwester 2 was installed on an expedited schedule, due to a highly collaborative approach being taken, supply chain readiness, and the industrialisation of offshore wind in Belgium.

 

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About Northwester 2

Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession in de Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind (70%) and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). Parkwind, a leading offshore wind company, has been in charge of the development and is managing construction and operational activities. The company is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and will operate from the Ostend harbor.

About Sumitomo Corporation

With its global network and based on trust from companies in various industries and from consumers, Sumitomo Corporation engages in multifaceted business activities by making the most of its Integrated Corporate Strength. These business activities include sales of a variety of products and services, import and export, trilateral trade, and domestic and international business investment. For more information, see www.sumitomocorp.com

About Jan De Nul Group

Design. Build. Connect. Jan De Nul Group shapes water and land. Worldwide. From complex offshore energy services, to large dredging and both land and coastal reclamation projects, to challenging civil construction programmes. Well integrated competences and investments lead to creative, sustainable and innovative solutions. In this way Jan De Nul Group delivers results that produce satisfied customers. Building a better future. – www.jandenul.com

About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S (50%) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (50%). The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology and commitment. For more information, see www.mhivestasoffshore.com or follow @MHIVestas on Twitter.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Northwester 2 offshore wind farm delivers its first green energy to the Belgian grid

Monday 13th of January, 2020 –The first Northwester 2 offshore wind farm turbine started supplying electricity to the Belgian grid over the weekend.

The wind farm is expected to be fully operational before the summer and while construction works are still under way, the first turbine started producing green energy over the weekend. The 219 MW project comprises of 23 MHI Vestas 164-9.5 MW turbines – the most powerful turbines to enter commercial  operation to date – supplying the equivalent of  230.000 households with green energy via Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid.

Parkwind’s Project Director for Northwester 2, Peter Caluwaerts, states: “Starting up production of energy is a key milestone for the Northwester 2 project and is the result of thorough preparation and collaboration between our team, contractors, shareholders, authorities and the Belgian transmission grid operator Elia.”

Chris Peeters, CEO Elia added: “This first important milestone as realized by Northester 2, marks also the first renewable energy production transported through Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid after its go-live end of last year. This major step was only possible through intense collaboration between both companies. We are especially proud by doing so to integrate more renewable wind energy to the system and to fully contribute to climate objectives.”

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About Northwester 2

Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession in de Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind (70%) and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). Parkwind, a leading offshore wind company, has been in charge of the development and is managing construction and operational activities. The company is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and will operate from the Ostend harbor.

About Elia

Group is active in electricity transmission. We ensure that production and consumption are balanced around the clock, supplying 30 million end users with electricity. With subsidiaries in Belgium (Elia Transmission Belgium – ‘Elia’) and north-west Germany (50Hertz), we operate 18,600 km of high-voltage connections. As such, our group is one of Europe‘s top 5. With a reliability level of 99.999%, we give society a robust power grid, which is important for socio-economic prosperity. We also aspire to be a catalyst for a successful energy transition towards a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy system. More information: www.eliagroup.eu

About Sumitomo Corporation

With its global network and based on trust from companies in various industries and from consumers, Sumitomo Corporation engages in multifaceted business activities by making the most of its Integrated Corporate Strength. These business activities include sales of a variety of products and services, import and export, trilateral trade, and domestic and international business investment. For more information, see www.sumitomocorp.com

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

First Turbine Installed at Northwester 2

Parkwind and MHI Vestas have confirmed the completion of the first turbine at Northwester 2 in Belgium, off Jan de Nul’s Vole au vent vessel.

The 219 MW project is the first offshore wind park in the world to deploy the V164-9.5 MW turbine from MHI Vestas. The project will consist of 23 V164-9.5 MW turbines to spin 50 km off the coast of Ostend in Belgium.

All major turbine components have been assembled and pre-commissioned in the Flushing marshalling harbour with the first four turbines leaving a few days ago.  Northwester 2 expect the turbine installation campaign completion during the first quarter of 2020.

Parkwind’s Project Director for Northwester 2, Peter Caluwaerts is pleased to announce the project is moving into its final stages:  “The installation of the first Northwester 2 turbine is yet another testament of the project moving closer towards producing green energy for over 220.000 households in Belgium. This energy will be produced by MVOW V164-9.5MW turbines, the worlds most powerful turbines to enter commercial operation till date.”

“The installation of the world’s first commercial wind turbine exceeding 9 MW is an exceptionally proud moment for our company,” said MHI Vestas Chief Operations Officer Flemming Ougaard. “The installation of our first fleet of V164-9.5 MW turbines is an example of our company’s strong partnership with Parkwind and our passion for offshore wind technology.”

 

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About Northwester 2

Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession in de Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind (70%) and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). Parkwind, a leading offshore wind company, has been in charge of the development and is managing construction and operational activities. The company is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and will operate from the Ostend harbor.

About Sumitomo Corporation

With its global network and based on trust from companies in various industries and from consumers, Sumitomo Corporation engages in multifaceted business activities by making the most of its Integrated Corporate Strength. These business activities include sales of a variety of products and services, import and export, trilateral trade, and domestic and international business investment. For more information, see www.sumitomocorp.com

About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind 

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology and commitment. For more information, see www.mhivestasoffshore.com or follow @MHIVestas on Twitter.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Parkwind, Heerema and MHI Vestas announce a revolutionary construction methodology for Arcadis Ost 1

The announcement of the first floating WTG installation for Arcadis Ost 1 followed by the signing of a conditional agreement for turbine supply between Parkwind and MHI Vestas marked the first day of the Wind Europe conference in Copenhagen.

Parkwind’s German Arcadis Ost 1 project will be the first offshore wind farm that will make use of a floating vessel for the installation of Wind Turbine Generators. This achievement is the result of a year-long joint development between Parkwind, Heerema Marine Contractors and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

After being a successful bidder in the German offshore wind auction in 2018, Parkwind is developing the 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore windfarm. The project, located 20 km northeast of the island of Rugen in the Baltic Sea, will consist of 27 MHI Vestas V174-9.5MW turbines mounted on monopile foundations and one offshore substation. The Arcadis Ost 1 windfarm will supply green power to an estimated 300,000 German households.

Considering the challenging soil conditions at the Arcadis Ost 1 site, Parkwind looked at possible alternatives to traditional installation methodologies. In joint cooperation with Heerema Marine Contractors and MHI Vestas, the floating installation method was developed.

This innovative installation methodology provides two unique advantages;
it avoids all interaction with the soil thereby reducing the project’s risk compared to a traditional jack up installation and this method allows for a reduced installation time. The floating installation method contributes to the further reduction of the levelized cost of offshore wind energy and will unlock the potential of many offshore areas around the world.

The developed method is based on utilizing a floating installation vessel to assemble the WTG components. The vessel will have all turbine components on its deck including a dummy tower. This tower will provide a stable platform on board the vessel to assemble the nacelle and the blades. The first step will be lifting the WTG tower onto the pre-installed turbine foundation. The second step is the most advanced element in the assembly process which includes lifting the nacelle onto the dummy tower and attaching the blades.
This process ensures full control over the blades thereby guaranteeing a safe and highly reliable blade assembly. After the Rotor Nacelle Assembly [RNA] on the installation vessel, the complete RNA will be lifted as one piece onto the WTG tower.

“Taking the turbine installation based on a floating vessel from theory to practice is a major step forward for the offshore wind industry,” commented Parkwind’s co-CEO Eric Antoons, “supported by Heerema Marine Contractors and MHI Vestas, we saw this as the best solution for our German Arcadis Ost 1 project where soil conditions are challenging.”

Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO of Heerema Marine Contractors, added: “More than one year ago, Heerema Marine Contractors, together with our partners MHI Vestas and Parkwind, started an intensive research to find out the possibilities of installing turbines utilizing our fleet of floating assets. In our Simulation Center, we created an authentic visualization of the local situation, including crane and vessel controls, realistic weather conditions, sea swell patterns and seabed conditions. This collaboration led to an innovative method which will be used for the installation of turbines in the Arcadis Ost 1 wind park. Heerema Marine Contractors is very proud to participate in this unique project. It shows our ambition to remain a frontrunner in the offshore energy market, and our commitment to operate in wind projects all over the world.”

Furthermore, Arcadis Ost 1 will be the first offshore wind farm to install the newly developed MHI Vestas V174 turbines.

“We are exceptionally pleased to be chosen by Parkwind once again for such a milestone project,” said Henrik Jensen, MHI Vestas Chief Sales Officer. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the strong partnership and trust between Parkwind and MHI Vestas as we embark on our fifth project together. We look forward to bringing our technology and experience to bear at Arcadis Ost 1 and contributing to the German renewable energy transition.”

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Closer Collaboration between 50Hertz and Parkwind on a Single Offshore Platform

Memorandum of Understanding signed between TSO and windfarm operator for offshore activities in the Baltic Sea.

50Hertz, the responsible Transmission System Operator (TSO) for connecting the offshore wind farms in the German Baltic Sea, and Parkwind the Arcadis Ost 1 Belgian offshore developer, have successfully reached the next level of collaboration. Already at a very early stage, close coordination between both parties continues as they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets the framework for successful collaboration and coordination on technical and schedule topics for today and beyond.

The essential aspects of the MoU include specific agreements for the development, procurement, construction and operation of the joint shared offshore platform covering basic technical details and principles for the division of the construction costs. The shared platform will connect the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea with the German transmission grid.

Additionally, the parties align on further aspects such as their respective programmes and the future agreements to be entered into in the interest of the joint offshore platform. This single platform is explicitly foreseen as a part of the official grid development plan (Bundesfachplan Offshore) and is to be used by both the windfarm operator and the TSO. Dr. Henrich Quick, head of offshore projects at 50Hertz, appreciates the added value of this concept: “On the one hand costs are reduced and on the other hand we need less space which helps us to even more reduce the environmental impacts during construction, operation and dismantling.”

Clement Helbig de Balzac, the Arcadis Ost 1 project manager added: “A strong relationship with the grid operator is of key strategic value for the successful development of an offshore project. The partnership with 50 Hertz gives us the confidence that Arcadis Ost 1 will meet its project timeline.”

About 50Hertz
50Hertz operates the electricity transmission system in the north and east of Germany, which it expands as needed for the energy transition. Our extra high voltage grid has an electrical circuit length of about 10,200 kilometres, or the distance between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro. The 50Hertz control area covers the Länder of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, as well as the city states of Berlin and Hamburg. Within these regions, 50Hertz and its 1,100 employees ensure that 18 million people are supplied with electricity around the clock. 50Hertz is a forerunner in the field of secure integration of renewable energy: in our grid area, more than half of the electricity consumed is already generated from renewable sources, and the trend is rising. The shareholders of 50Hertz are the Belgian transmission system operator Elia (80 per cent) and the KfW bank group with 20 per cent. As a European transmission system operator, 50Hertz is part of the Elia Group and a member of the European association ENTSO-E. www.50hertz.com

About Ostwind 2
Ostwind 2 is the 50Hertz project to connect the Baltic Sea wind farms Arcadis Ost 1 and Baltic Eagle to the German high voltage grid. Arcadis Ost 1, the wind farm of the Belgian company Parkwind, is located in the cluster West. The connection to the German extra-high voltage grid takes place at the grid connection point in the Lubmin substation (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania).

About Arcadis Ost 1
The Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm has a capacity of about 247 MW and is located in the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen, within the 12-nautical mile zone of the Federal State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. In April 2018, Parkwind was successful in the offshore wind auction in Germany, launched by the Federal Grid Agency.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Arcadis Ost 1 foundation design contract award

Parkwind has awarded the contract for the detailed design of the turbines and OSS foundations for the Arcadis Ost 1 Offshore windfarm to the Hamburg branch office of the consulting group COWI.

 

This includes the geotechnical design, loads calculations, primary and secondary steel design, limit state verification, and all activities pertaining to the approval of the design.

 

“Wind energy is a strategically important growth area for COWI and we work with large-scale wind projects across the globe,” says Michael Sienko, COWI’s Business Development Director for Offshore Wind, “The Arcadis Ost 1 project is without doubt amongst the most interesting offshore wind projects in the Baltic region for the time being, and we are very pleased to be onboard Parkwind’s team. With a growing office in Hamburg, I am confident that we can provide smooth and effective foundation designs in close cooperation with Parkwind.”

 

Arcadis Ost I Project Manager, Clément Helbig de Balzac added: “We are glad to have selected COWI as foundation designer for the Arcadis Ost I project, we are convinced they have the relevant experience and skills to deliver an efficient design within the agreed timeframe. This milestone is one of the several coming this fall and we are pleased in moving our project forward in line with our planning”.

 

About COWI

COWI A/S is an international consulting group, with headquarters in Lyngby, Denmark. Based on their world-class competencies within engineering, economics and environmental science, they tackle challenges from many vantage points to create coherent solutions for their customers – and thereby sustainable and coherent societies in the world. www.cowi.com

 

About Arcadis Ost 1

The Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm has a capacity of about 247 MW and is located in the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen, within the 12-nautical mile zone of the Federal State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. In April 2018, Parkwind was successful in the offshore wind auction in Germany, launched by the Federal Grid Agency.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Northwester 2 OHVS Installed

On September 10th, the Northwester 2 Offshore High Voltage Substation (OHVS) has been installed at its final location in the North Sea.

This is the impressive result of a 16 month challenge to deliver the design, fabrication, electrical and mechanical outfitting and installation of the OHVS topside.

Danish contractor Bladt Industries was responsible for the design, fabrication, construction and installation of the topside.  Performant sub-contractor collaboration between designers ISC, manufacturers MPG and outfitters Semco Maritime also ensured that the project timings were met.

The topside left the harbor of Ostend the day before and was installed by the Scaldis crane vessel Gulliver this morning at 10h57 on its monopile foundation in the Northwester 2 windfarm, 50 km off the Belgian coast.

Peter Caluwaerts, Parkwind’s project director stated: “I would like to thank our teams and  suppliers that were involved in achieving this important milestone for the project.  The OHVS installation is a result of rigorous planning, agility and hard work from everyone.”

”With the installation of the Northwester 2 OSS, we can look back on yet another successful project completed in close cooperation with the client Parkwind and our lead sub-suppliers Semco Maritime and ISC Engineering” added Per Emil Larsen, Senior Project Manager, Bladt Industries A/S.

With a weight of 962 tons, the topside is now ready to receive the electricity cables that will be transporting the green energy produced by the wind turbines. The OHVS will  be connected to the OSY (offshore switch yard) of Elia from where electricity will be transported to shore.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

First foundation installed on Northwester 2

Within one month after the start of the offshore construction works, the first foundation of the Northwester 2 wind farm has been installed on 30 July 2019 by the jack-up installation vessel Vole au vent.

The first foundation is composed of a monopile that is 76 meters long and has a diameter of almost 8 meters. The monopile weighs around 900 tonnes and the transition piece which is mounted on the monopile weighs circa 280 tonnes. Both are produced and assembled at the fabrication yard of the Danish steel contractor Bladt in Aalborg, after which they are shipped to the harbor of Oostende for load out to the Vole au Vent pictured here.

Once offshore, the monopile is hammered up to 37 meters into the seabed and then the transition piece is bolted onto the monopile. The foundation forms the basis for the wind turbines that will be installed from October this year onwards.

Before installing the foundation, the vessel Thor Express has deployed a double bubble curtain on the seabed around the installation area. This bubble curtain significantly reduces the noise produced by the hammering operation.

About Northwester 2

Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession in the Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind (70%) and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). Parkwind, has been in charge of the development and is managing construction and operational activities. The company is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and will operate from the Ostend harbor.

About Jan De Nul Group

Design. Build. Connect. Jan De Nul Group shapes water and land. Worldwide. From complex offshore services for the energy sector, over large dredging and reclamation projects on the edge of water and land, to all possible civil constructions on land. Well integrated competences and investments lead to creative, sustainable and innovative solutions. In this way Jan De Nul Group meets the customers’ current and future wishes. To the future. – www.jandenul.com

Friday, July 19, 2019

Northwester 2 construction works at sea kicked off

Construction works for the seventh offshore wind farm off the Belgian coast have started. Developer Parkwind and marine contractor Jan De Nul Group announce that offshore seabed preparation works have commenced for the 219 MW offshore wind farm Northwester 2.

The Northwester 2 wind farm will count 23 V164-9.5MW MHI Vestas Offshore Wind  turbines and will be the first project to ever install this model . The turbines on monopile foundations will link through an offshore high voltage station to Elia’s Offshore Switch Yard (OSY) to export its electricity. As of 2020, the Northwester 2 wind farm will power approximately 220,000 households in Belgium.

Unique box platform

The Northwester 2 project will introduce a new design for the external access platforms on the foundations: the box platform. The platform (pictured above) has an innovative design developed and patented by Parkwind that consists only of steel plate material.

Peter Caluwaerts, Project Director Northwester 2 at Parkwind states: At Parkwind, we continuously look for optimisations and cost-effective solutions while developing offshore wind farms. The box platform is a show case of this attitude. Indeed, this innovative design reduces the overall cost of the foundation fabrication by introducing ship building techniques in the fabrication process. Moreover, the box platform simplifies and reduces offshore maintenance activities over the lifetime of the windfarm. It is great to see the initial ideas now coming to life at the start of the offshore construction works.

Seabed levelling

Jan De Nul Group has just finished the offshore scour protection works on the different wind turbine locations. At each location, Jan De Nul Group’s subsea rock installation vessel Simon Stevin has installed a 32 m diameter wide and 700 mm thick rock layer to stabilise the seabed around the foundation. Jan De Nul Group is now gearing up to install the first foundation in the coming days. The monopile foundations for the wind turbines will be hammered directly through the rock layer into the seabed.

Stan Logghe, Senior Project Manager Northwester 2 at Jan De Nul Group, confirms: “A full year of preparation is now coming to an end with the start of the construction phase. With the installation vessel Vole au vent returned to Ostend, Jan De Nul is now ready to commence the installation of the foundations for the Northwester 2 wind farm.”

Most advanced monopile gripper

Jan De Nul Group equipped its Vole au vent with the most advanced monopile gripper to date, delivered by Huisman. The monopile gripper has a modular, tailor-made design and is unique in its capacity and versatility. The gripper allows use on a wide range of projects already under construction, but also in the future for which the specifications are yet to be determined. Jan De Nul Group will deploy this most advanced gripper for the first time on the Northwester 2 project.

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About Northwester 2

Northwester 2 is a project company holding a 219MW concession in de Belgian territorial waters. Current shareholders are Parkwind (70%) and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation (30%). Parkwind, has been in charge of the development and is managing construction and operational activities. The company is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and will operate from the Ostend harbor.

About Jan De Nul Group

Design. Build. Connect. Jan De Nul Group shapes water and land. Worldwide. From complex offshore services for the energy sector, over large dredging and reclamation projects on the edge of water and land, to all possible civil constructions on land. Well integrated competences and investments lead to creative, sustainable and innovative solutions. In this way Jan De Nul Group meets the customers’ current and future wishes. To the future. – www.jandenul.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Parkwind and ESB to develop two offshore wind farms at Oriel and Clogherhead

Parkwind and ESB have reached an agreement to kick start the offshore wind generation industry in the Republic of Ireland through ESB’s acquisition of up to 35 per cent in the Oriel project.

The Oriel project, located in the Irish Sea off the coast of Dundalk, has a capacity of up to 330MW and is planned to begin commercial operations in the early-2020s.

Once operational, the Oriel Windfarm will generate enough capacity to cover the needs of approximately 280,000 households – most of the population in counties Louth and Meath. Oriel will furthermore contribute to the reduction of Ireland’s carbon emissions by 600,000 tonnes per annum.

Parkwind, one of Europe’s offshore wind leading companies, will continue to head the project from its Dublin offices in close collaboration with ESB.

ESB and Parkwind will also work together on the Clogherhead project for which ESB holds a foreshore license to commence site investigations. Parkwind will acquire up to 35 per cent of the Clogherhead project which is intended to be developed as a unique development, under a separate planning application.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD, who is meeting with senior ESB and Parkwind representatives this afternoon, commented:

“Today’s announcement is a significant development for Ireland’s offshore wind industry. This project has the potential to deliver sustainable, clean offshore wind energy for 280,000 Irish families – equivalent to the needs of most of Louth and Meath. I am determined to make Ireland a leader in climate action. Renewable energy is critical to this ambition. With a sea area almost ten times the size of its landmass, Ireland has very significant offshore wind capacity and this partnership is a testament to our potential in this area.”

Parkwind’s co-CEO Francois Van Leeuw stated: “Parkwind is continuously looking for strategic partnerships when developing projects. This partnership is driven by the strategy of the company which is based on a long-term vision whereby we  not only develop, but also operate our projects. A strong local partner such as ESB is the right match to further execute this strategy. Since its entry into the Oriel project, Parkwind has performed a lot of development activities, opened offices in Dublin and is today delighted to welcome ESB to the Oriel project team. We look forward to working with ESB and local stakeholders in making the Oriel and the Clogherhead projects a success.”

ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty added: “Under our Brighter Future Strategy, ESB is completely transforming the way we generate electricity, replacing high carbon generation with low carbon and renewable alternatives.  Today’s announcement represents a significant investment by ESB in offshore wind, which we anticipate will account for the bulk of Ireland’s future zero carbon electricity.  Our collaboration  with internationally respected developers such as Parkwind in the delivery of the Oriel and Clogherhead projects underscores our commitment to further involvement in the development and construction of offshore wind farms in both Ireland and the UK.”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Financial close signals start of construction of 219 MW Northwester 2 Offshore Wind Power Plant

Northwester 2 is proud to announce it has reached the official close of financial agreements with all key stakeholders and banks for the construction of a 219 MW offshore wind farm. This project will be the sixth Belgian wind farm in the North Sea and will be built 50 km off the coast of Ostend.

For Parkwind it means the commencement of the construction of its 4th offshore wind power plant, which it will realize in partnership with the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Corporation.

The project has raised app. EUR 700 million funded by its shareholders and trusted financial institutions. The European Investment Bank is committing 210 million euro as part of its support for investments in renewable energy, partially guaranteed under the Juncker Plan. The Danish export credit agency EKF guarantees 100 million euro of that facility.

The commercial lenders involved are BNP Paribas Fortis, Rabobank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, ASN Bank, Belfius Bank, Triodos Bank, ING Bank, Société Général and KBC Bank.

With its financing secured, the project plans to start the construction works in the spring of 2018.

Peter Caluwaerts, Project Director: “Northwester 2 is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020 and will have a capacity of 219 MW generated by 23 Vestas V164-9.5MW turbines. The installation will be able to generate 818,60 GWh of electricity annually, enough to cover the energy consumption of 220.000 households.”

Earlier this year total offshore wind energy in Belgium reached a generating capacity equivalent to the full energy consumption of 1 000 000 households.

Parkwind’s CEO’s François Van Leeuw and Eric Antoons congratulate the hard work of the Parkwind teams and shareholders, government officials, suppliers, lenders and advisors, “allowing us to feed some positive energy into a market environment that has no choice but to embrace renewablesParkwind’s ambition is to export its industrial concept worldwide.”

The vast experience of the Parkwind team builds on the success of the Belwind, Nobelwind and Northwind wind farms. The Northwester 2 project will use the latest technology and equipment, greatly increasing the chances of the project meeting optimal conditions for safety and timely delivery within the planned budget.

Northwester 2 has contracted the services of Jan de Nul for the fabrication and installation of foundations and for wind turbine installation. The wind equipment will be supplied by MHI Vestas Offshore, offering its V164 9.5MW technology. The Offshore High Voltage Station designer and fabricator Bladt, the Inter array cable manufacturer NSW and the Export Cable manufacturer Nexans complete the list of key suppliers.

Marsh and Profin have developed an insurance portfolio subscribed by lead insurer Codan.

Loyens & Loeff on behalf of the project and Jones Day as lenders’ counsel were the legal advisors on this transaction.

Mott McDonald was appointed as the lenders’ technical advisor.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Parkwind acquires Arcadis Ost 1

Parkwind NV, one of Europe’s leading independent offshore wind developers, acquired 100% of KNK GmbH, the owner of the Arcadis Ost 1 concession that was awarded a project of 247 MW in the Baltic Sea by the German authorities. The former shareholders, led by WV Energie AG, teamed up with Parkwind to prepare this successful bid in the German 2018 auction.

The Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm will generate enough energy to power 290,000 households. The project is located approximately 19 km northeast of the island Rügen, within the 12-nautical mile zone.Parkwind NV is a Belgian company investing, developing, building and operating offshore wind farms since 2009. To date, Parkwind is operating its successfully developed and constructed wind farms in the Belgian North Sea – Belwind, Northwind and Nobelwind – totalling up to 546 MW. A fourth Belgian project, Northwester 2 (224 MW), targets financial close in 2018 to be fully operational in early 2020.The Arcadis project follows the 2017 acquisition of the Irish Oriel wind farm (330 MW) and thereby re-affirms the international growth ambitions of Parkwind.

Eric Antoons and François Van Leeuw, co-CEO’s of Parkwind:

“We are delighted to take our first steps in the German offshore market, a pioneering country with a strong investment climate. We are looking forward combining our expertise with the experience of all relevant stakeholders in this market in making this project a success. After the acquisition of Oriel in 2017, this is our second step of many to come in growing Parkwind internationally. Together with Northwester 2, Parkwind has now established a development pipeline of 800 MW and aiming for more. We are constantly on the lookout for challenging projects and for the right partners to make them happen. Strong partnerships, in combination with our value proposition, have proven to be a successful formula in this increasingly competitive sector.”

Heinrich Bettelhäuser, CEO of WV Energie AG (previous majority shareholder of KNK Wind GmbH):

“We thank Parkwind for the great and straightforward cooperation in the last months to prepare a competitive bid for the German auction.”

Tilo Vogdt, Head of Business Unit Offshore at WV Energie AG (previous MD of KNK Wind GmbH):

“I’m happy about the result of the auction, finishing a 10-year development phase.”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Northwester NV signs contract with Bladt Industries A/S

Bladt Industries has entered into a contract with Northwester NV for the delivery of a complete and fully installed substation to the forthcoming Belgian project Northwester 2 Offshore Wind Farm. The contract is a turnkey contract (EPCI contract), which includes everything from design to final installation.

With the overall responsibility for the entire project, Bladt has entered into a close cooperation with their long-term cooperation partners Semco Maritime, who will be responsible for the electrical systems and ISC Engineering, who are responsible for carrying out the structural design.This is the third time Bladt Industries with Semco Maritime and ISC as partners is to deliver a complete substation to the developer Parkwind. In 2013, the Northwind substation was delivered and only three years later, Bligh Bank – both projects as EPCI contracts.The substation will be delivered in the third quarter of 2019, which is 17 months from entering the contract to completion.

“We are proud of the trust Parkwind shows us by placing yet another order at Bladt. Throughout the first two projects, we have had an absolute positive cooperation, and we are sure this excellent cooperation will continue on the Northwester project. Our previous collaboration will contribute to an efficient execution of the project” says Troels Jensen, Senior Vice President, Bladt Industries.

“With 22 offshore substations on the reference list, the key to our success must be found in our many years of experience, competencies and very extensive know-how within the field. It is important that we always benefit from our experience, and that we continuously build on our experience and optimize the processes, ” says Klaus Steen Mortensen, CEO, Bladt Industries.

“We are pleased that we again have the opportunity to work closely with Bladt, and with this project we have the full potential to take full advantage of our engineering skills” says Frank Holm, Vice President, Semco Maritime.

NorthWester 2, controlled and developed by Parkwind NV. Parkwind is the leading owner and will be in charge of, among other things, the construction of the park including the substation. The substation is expected to have a total weight of 1,000 tons. The park will be installed in the Belgian part of the North Sea about 46 km off the Belgian coast. The park will have a total of 224 MW.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Parkwind and MHI Vestas Join Forces for Northwester 2 in Belgium

With installation planned for late 2019, Northwester 2 is set to become the world’s first offshore wind park with the record-setting V164-9.5 MW turbine.

The offshore wind industry will look to Belgium for its first glimpse at the V164-9.5 MW turbine, the most powerful available wind turbine in the world.The 224 MW Northwester 2 project, the fourth collaboration between Parkwind and MHI Vestas, will comprise 23 turbines and provide enough clean energy to power 220,000 Belgian homes.

Co-CEO’s of Parkwind, Eric Antoons & François Van Leeuw, said, “The Northwester 2 timing and general schedule is very challenging in the light of the timing wanted by the Belgian government. This challenging timeline has played an important role in the choice for MHI Vestas as turbine supplier having the capability of delivering the V164-9.5 MW. Parkwind is very delighted to have MHI Vestas for the fourth time as a partner.”

Both companies attribute the fast installation timetable, set for late 2019, to the industrialisation of offshore wind in Belgium, a highly collaborative approach, and supply chain readiness.

MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan, said, “We are delighted to sign our fourth project with Parkwind – and it is a historic one. The first commercial installation of the world’s most powerful available turbine, the V164-9.5 MW, will be a Parkwind project, which is significant for our company and a notable milestone for the industry.”

Highlighting the positive impact of offshore wind on local communities in Belgium, the project promises to provide more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase and 100 long-term jobs for operations and maintenance.

The conditional order announcement, which includes a service agreement, comes as the government has recently announced it will double offshore wind capacity in Belgian territorial waters, up to 4 GW by 2025

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Colruyt Group (Eoly), Parkwind and Fluxys join forces in power-to-gas

Eoly, part of Colruyt Group, Fluxys and Parkwind have set up a collaboration to boost the sustainability of the energy landscape in Belgium. The ambition is to build an industrial-scale power-to-gas installation that converts green electricity into green hydrogen that can be transported and stored in the existing natural gas infrastructure.

Industrial-scale project to boost Belgium’s hydrogen economy

With the project, Eoly, Parkwind and Fluxys are taking a new step towards solutions for a low-carbon future. In an initial phase the feasibility of the installation will be more closely examined. Unlike demonstration projects elsewhere in Europe, Eoly, Parkwind and Fluxys envisage to realise in Belgium one of the first industrial-scale power-to-gas facilities. The aim is to build a power-to-gas installation that can convert several megawatts of electricity into green hydrogen which can be marketed as carbon-free fuel or feedstock. Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys: “Our aim with this project is to unlock green gas as an additional renewable energy source alongside wind and sun, making our infrastructure an instrument for greening natural gas.”

Compensating for fluctuations in renewable energy generation

Renewable energies like solar and wind trigger variability in electricity production. As the renewable power generation park will continue to expand in the future, increasing variability will become a major challenge. This project aims to offer a solution for the latter. The partners will explore the possibilities with the power-to-gas installation to offset the variability of power generation through (offshore) wind energy and provide support services to the power grid. This way, the installation will constitute a link optimising how the gas and power systems complement and reinforce each other.

Reduce carbon output of transport, heating and industrial processes

Green hydrogen can be transported and stored in the existing natural gas infrastructure and in this way reduces the carbon output of natural gas as energy for heating, transport and industry. Moreover, green hydrogen can also be used as carbon-free energy or feedstock in transport, logistics and industrial processes, for example in the chemical industry. Stephan Windels, Business Unit Manager of Eoly: “Colruyt Group is already investing heavily in hydrogen for logistical and mobility-related applications. In addition, it also wants to make its natural gas consumption greener and this cooperation marks a step in this direction.”

Friday, October 27, 2017

Northwester 2 to deliver 224 MW offshore energy by 2020

Today Northwester 2, a 224MW offshore windfarm in the Belgian territorial waters, reached an agreement in principle with the Belgian authorities on the applicable support scheme. This allows the project to accelerate its development activities and to prepare for financial close in 2018 and construction by 2020.

With this agreement the Belgian government and Northwester 2 respond to the need for affordable offshore wind in the energy mix of the future. It brings Belgium a step closer to achieving the European 20/20 Climate targets. The lower cost for the consumer will be made possible thanks to the experience of Parkwind, the engagement of its shareholders, strong supply chain and the clear commitment taken by the Belgian government.Recently Parkwind strengthened its position in the shareholdership of Northwester 2 to successfully lead the development and construction of the project and secure the long term operational maintenance.