IHC wins piling equipment contracts for European offshore wind farm projects

7 July 2013 (Last Updated July 7th, 2013 18:30)

IHC Hydrohammer has secured two contracts from Ballast Nedam Offshore to supply piling equipment for the offshore foundation installation at two European offshore wind farm projects.

IHC Hydrohammer piling equipment

IHC Hydrohammer has acquired two contracts from Ballast Nedam Offshore to supply piling equipment for the offshore foundation installation at two European offshore wind farm projects.

Under the contract, IHC will deliver an S-2000 piling hammer with a strike power of 2,000kJ, which will be used to install 39 monopiles for EnBW's Baltic 2 wind farm in Germany.

Located approximately 32km north of Rügen Island in the western part of the Baltic Sea, the wind farm will feature 80 wind turbines of 3.6MW each, with a total capacity of 288MW.

The wind farm will generate an annual output of 1.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, which is sufficient to power approximately 340,000 homes and save around 900,000t of carbon dioxide.

Ballast Nedam will also design, supply and install 80 monopile foundations for WPD's Butendiek offshore wind power plant in Germany.

The company's heavy lifing vessel (HLV) SVANEN will also be deployed for the wind farm, which will feature 80 Siemens 3.6MW turbines.

Ballast Nedam Offshore commercial manager Edwin van de Brug said the company is supporting offshore wind by supplying reliable support structures to its customers.

"Reliability is the key issue in offshore operations and we are therefore pleased with this agreement as IHC Hydrohammer will be an important factor in achieving optimal reliability during the installation phase," van de Brug said.

"Located around 34km to the west of the German North Sea island of Sylt, the wind farm will generate enough clean electricity to power about 370,000 households in the region."

IHC Hydrohammer managing director Jan-Albert Westerbeek said both firms have previously collaborated in different segments of the market and at several international locations.

Westerbeek stated: "We believe that this agreement reinforces the decision to invest heavily in our rental fleet, which we will continue to tailor to meet the needs of the market."


Image: IHC will supply piling equipment for Baltic 2 wind farm and Butendiek offshore wind power plant. Photo: courtesy of IHC Hydrohammer.

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