Jan De Nul Group to supply installation vessel to install turbines for Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Project

Near to the port of Blyth in Northumberland in the UK, an offshore wind farm will be developed by EDF Energy Renewables. MHI Vestas  have been asked to deliver five of the largest wind turbines ever manufactured in the world (V164-8.0 MW) turbines, and these will be installed using the by Jan De Nul Group Installation Vessel. the vessel Vole au vent will be mobilized to execute the turbine installation. “Jan De Nul is one of the first to install this new mega  turbine and is of course very proud to be a part of this innovative demonstrator project and to work for one of the most important players in the market,” explains Peter De Pooter, Area Manager Renewables at Jan De Nul Group.

Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project
The 41.5 MW Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project is being developed by EDF Energy Renewables and is the first offshore wind power project to utilize 66kV electrical infrastructure and hybrid gravity-monopile foundations. It will be installed in water depths up to 45 m approximately 5.7 km off the coast of Blyth, north of Newcastle in the UK. The installation is expected in Q3 2017.

Jack-up vessel Vole au vent
The wind turbine installation vessel is less than two years old and was especially built to install offshore wind parks. The vessel is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The large cargo deck space and payload with the lifting capacity of its crane up to a huge 1,400 tonnes, enable swift and safe installation of the heaviest foundations and other components of offshore wind parks. The vessel is 140 m long and is equipped with four legs to lift itself above the sea lever for stable working without impact of the waves. The vessel can install all kinds of foundations, as well as the latest generation of wind turbines, in water depths up to 50 m. Clients worldwide are increasingly seeking an all-in solution for their projects with an integrated approach of design and execution.