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Van Oord awarded cable installation contract for Taiwanese offshore wind farms

Van Oord has been awarded a contract by Ørsted for the cable installation works at the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms.

The wind farms are located between 35 km and 60 km off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan. Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms will supply energy to approximately 1m households per year, Van Oord said in a statement on Wednesday.

Van Oord is responsible for the transportation, installation, and burial of the 111 inter-array cables, with a total length of approximately 135 km, and the 3 export cables, with a total of approximately 145 km.

To carry out the work, Van Oord will deploy its dedicated cable-laying vessel Nexus, equipped with a cable carousel with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes. Van Oord’s own trencher Dig-It will bury the cables to the required depth. The installation work starts in 2021.

The 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms will be the first cable project in Taiwan for Van Oord. Once operational in 2022, the windfarms will contribute significantly to the Taiwanese government’s target of 5.7 GW offshore wind by 2025.

As the Taiwanese offshore wind market begins to expand, Van Oord said it is committed to supporting the further development of the Taiwanese supply chain and marine workforce by sharing its experience and knowledge in these fields. Van Oord will work closely together with Taiwanese engineering service providers and support vessel owners to complete this cable installation project successfully.