Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Irish and Belgian team to deliver Ireland’s first commercial scale offshore Wind Farm

Parkwind, one of Europe’s leading offshore Wind Farm developers, has agreed a significant investment to become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm – the 330 MW offshore wind project proposed for the North Irish Sea.  Oriel Wind Farm is the front runner of Ireland’s offshore wind projects and this partnership strengthens Oriel’s ambition to become the first of a new generation of offshore windfarms in operations by combining the executional excellence of Parkwind with the strength of the existing Irish shareholders.  Ireland has a vast offshore wind energy potential, that is about to be developed in the coming decade. The location of the future Oriel Wind Farm can benefit from an excellent wind resource, shelter from high wave loads and has favorable water depths and good seabed conditions. As Pioneer, the Oriel Wind Farm is considered in Ireland as an exemplary project for the offshore wind industry in the Irish market and will provide green energy for 250.000 Irish homes.

Brian Britton, founder and board member of Oriel Wind Farm states: “In our search for a strategic partner, several international offshore wind players were interested in acquiring a stake in Oriel Wind Farm. Our choice for Parkwind is driven by the strong track record and values the company Parkwind stands for. We believe that Parkwind can bring in the necessary knowledge and pioneering spirit to bring this project to a successful end.”In the past years, Parkwind has successfully developed and constructed 3 offshore windfarms located in the Belgian concessions zone in the North Sea. These windfarms, that are also operated by Parkwind today, provide around 550 MW of green energy to the Belgian market. When starting up the Nobelwind Wind Farm in May this year, Parkwind expressed its ambition to export its knowledge and experience in the development, construction and operation of offshore windfarms outside its home market. Parkwind takes the crucial first step in fulfilling this ambition with the acquisition of Oriel Wind Farm.

Parkwind co-CEO François Van Leeuw states: “Parkwind has a firm ambition to grow internationally. After the successful development and construction of 550MW in the North Sea, we were able to shift our focus quickly to evolve from an experienced but strictly Belgian to an international player in the offshore wind industry. The challenge and opportunity of realizing the first offshore windfarm in Ireland matches perfectly with our entrepreneurial and solution driven company culture.”

Aside from its international ambitions Parkwind also aims to build the Northwester 2 project, a 224 MW offshore windfarm in the Belgian territorial waters, in 2020. Together with the 330 MW of the Oriel Wind Farm, Parkwind plans to have more than 1000MW of offshore wind production capacity operating by 2020, substantially contributing to the 20/20 European targets of sustainable energy.

Parkwind believes it can support the Irish government in establishing the Irish offshore wind industry, while generating economic activity and employment over the entire lifetime of the project. In recent years offshore wind has become an important part of the energy mix of the future and main driver in reaching the European targets of sustainable energy.

Oriel Project Director Peter Caluwaerts says: “We are confident we can play a vital role for the emerging Irish offshore wind industry. It is our ambition to finalize the construction of the Oriel Wind Farm in 2020, thus assisting Ireland in reaching its 2020 renewable energy targets. To achieve such ambitious timeline, we will immediately invest in the development of the Wind Farm and set up a full-scale project team, consisting of our own experienced people from Parkwind on the one hand and dedicated Irish professionals on the other hand”

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Last Nobelwind foundation pieces arrived at the port of Ostend

The last 10 foundation components for the Nobelwind project arrived to the port of Ostend on 7 July.

For the past few months the REBO terminal at the port of Ostend has been serving as the heart of the installation activities for the Nobelwind project.

Nobelwind will have an installed capacity of 165MW and is expected to meet the energy demands of 186.000 Belgian families annually.

The last 10 foundation components for the Nobelwind project arrived to the port of Ostend on 7 July.For the past few months the REBO terminal at the port of Ostend has been serving as the heart of the installation activities for the Nobelwind project.

Nobelwind will have an installed capacity of 165MW and is expected to meet the energy demands of 186.000 Belgian families annually.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Scour protection finished on Nobelwind Project

On 08/06 the works for the installation of scour protection (First phase) around the 51 foundations of the Nobelwind project are finished.

The erosion protection consists of a light filter layer (first phase) and a heavier coating layer specifically designed for various locations and water depths. This protection will remain stable for the next 25 years both in deeper than shallower zones.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nobelwind announces the start of the construction of a 165 MW offshore windfarm in the North Sea.

Nobelwind announces the start of the construction works of the 4th offshore wind farm in the Belgian territorial waters. The first activities will be performed in the harbor of Oostende, on the REBO site, that will be used as a Marshalling harbor for the Nobelwind project. Nobelwind has installed its offshore grid which is operational and connected to the Zeebrugge sub-station of Elia.

The shareholder consortium around Nobelwind consists out of the Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo, the Dutch investor Meewind and Parkwind. Parkwind is in charge of the coordination of the construction works.

Nobelwind has appointed Jan De Nul as EPCI contractor to install all foundations and the 50 3.3 MW MHI Vestas windturbines offshore. These turbines will have an installed capacity of 165 megawatt (MW) and will supply green power to 186.000 Belgian families on a yearly basis.

The start of the works is running according to planning. The first foundation components are expected to arrive in the harbor of Oostende on March 23. As of the end of March the project expects additional foundation components to be delivered on site every 2 to 3 weeks. The REBO Site will be used for final assembly of the foundations. The cranes and other equipment needed to perform the assembly works will be installed in the coming days on site by the different contractors.

The first installation offshore is expected to start early May. By that date the installation vessel will pick up the different foundation components and prepare for installation offshore. The installation of all foundations is expected to last until the beginning of September, this depending on the weather conditions.