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”
Nobelwind will have an installed capacity of 165MW and is expected to meet the energy demands of 186.000 Belgian families annually.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 — 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.
Monday, August 1, 2016 — Nobelwind is ready to install the OHVS. The transition piece was succesfully installed.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 — 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.