Veja Mate Offshore recently announced completion of installation of all of the turbine foundations for its 402-MW offshore wind project in the German North Sea.
Veja Mate is a 1.9 billion EUR offshore wind project owned by the Highland Group Holdings, Siemens Financial Services, and CI II, which is managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and contracted by Offshore Wind Force VM (or OWF — part of Boskalis).
Construction began in April 2016, and the project is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017. And all 67 foundations are now in place, thanks in part to using the world’s largest jack-up vessel (Scylla for monopile and the Zaratan for transition piece installation).
“Project work has its ups and downs, but it is never boring,” admitted Rasmus Miller, Foundation Package Manager. “We had our fair share of challenges to overcome and, without everyone staying ahead of the game, it was close to impossible to achieve project success.”
He added: “I am, therefore, extremely proud to say that everyone on our Veja Mate and OWF teams stepped up to the plate, and tackled our challenges head-on.”
The next steps in the construction of the offshore wind farm will be to complete energization of the offshore substation, the installation of the inter array cables, and subsequently the wind turbines.
Once the offshore wind farm is complete, it will produce over 1,6 TWh of green, renewable electricity annually.