Danish renewable energy company Ørsted has started the construction works at a 752MW offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

The company has installed the first foundations at the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm located 22km off the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland.

Ørsted Netherlands general manager Steven Engels said: “Borssele 1 & 2 will be our first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands and is an important step in the Dutch government’s ambitious shift towards green energy.

“Once completed, Borssele 1 & 2 will be the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, able to supply renewable power to around one million Dutch households.”

Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm will feature 94 monopile foundations that will be installed at water depths ranging from 14m to 39.7m.

In April, 94 Siemens Gamesa 8MW wind turbines will be installed at the site.

For monopile manufacturing and transition pieces for Borssele 1 & 2, Ørsted selected Sif, EEW SPC, EEW OSB and Bladt Industries, while the foundations will be installed by DEME.

Borssele 1 & 2 senior project manager Jan Wind said: “The first monopile installed was also the heaviest and tallest on the wind farm, weighing 1,188t and measuring 76m. The diameter at the bottom of the foundation is 8.5m, wide enough to hold a football goal.”

In November 2019, Ørsted officially inaugurated the Formosa 1 wind farm in Taiwan, which is the company’s first offshore wind farm in Asia-Pacific region.