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PES brings you the latest on JAN DE NUL’S INSTALLATION SHIP, THE VOLE AU VENT. A jack-up vessel specifically built for work on wind farms. Read on to find out more.

On Tuesday September 15th 2016, JAN DE NUL and NOBELWIND will sign the first offshore wind contract for JAN DE NUL’s installation ship, VOLE AU VENT, acquired in 2015.

It is an EPCI project that includes the design (engineering), procurement, construction and offshore installation of 51 piles for 50 wind turbines and one offshore high voltage substation (OHVS), as well as supplying and installing the scour filter and armour layer and the installation of 50 wind turbine generators (WTG).

Project description

The project, popularly called the ‘Nobelwind project’, is in fact the ‘Bligh Bank Phase II Offshore Wind Farm’ and is the second phase of the Bligh Bank concession ‘Belwind’, in the Belgian North Sea, which was granted by the Belgian Ministerial Decree, June 5th 2007.

The following companies, Parkwind NV (41.08%), Sumitomo Corporation (39.02%) and Meewind (19.9%), are the main shareholders of the employer, Nobelwind NV.

The new offshore wind farm will be built around the current power producing Belwind farm. The 50 wind turbines are to be supplied, installed and maintained by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MVOW) and they will produce 3.3 MW each, totalling 165 MW. These turbines will be loaded in Esbjerg, Denmark, ready to be mounted on the 100m high foundation.


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