On 25 May the load-out of the DOT monopile took place at the Sif quay-side on Maasvlakte II. The deepwater construction vessel (DCV) Aegir of Heerema Marine Contractors has loaded and installed this special monopile together with the customer Delft Offshore Turbine and their subcontractor CAPE Holland.
Miguel Schaetzen, CEO Eneco Wind Belgium: “What we have seen is almost unbelievable. The size of the equipment, the technology used: really impressive”.
Roermond, the Netherlands 20 April 2018. Sif Holding N.V. announces today that it has been awarded the production of 77 monopiles (68 Kton) for the Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm. Borssele III & IV is developed by a consortium (Blauwwind II) comprising Shell, Eneco, Van Oord, and Diamond Generating Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. The contract has been awarded by Van Oord as the EPCI contractor for the project and is subject to financial close.
The board of Norther Wind Farm visits the Sif factory where the transition pieces and monopiles are fabricated. Koen Baeten, QA manager Norther: ‘Monopiles of 8 meter diameter, 80 meters long and total weight of 1000 tonnes: that is really impressive’!
The Thialf, the world's largest crane vessel, is transporting piles to the Johan Sverdrup oil field for the construction of the 2nd platform, the Drilling Platform.
Enormous advances have been made in wind and solar energy – to the point that grid parity has now been achieved. The cost price of renewable energy is the same as for energy obtained using fossil fuels. Sustainable energy sources are set to overtake fossil fuels over the next few years. But the growing use of renewable resources also brings major challenges with it.