Hollandse Kust (north) successfully loaded
Netherlands, Antwerp: After a successful load-out, topside Hollandse Kust (north) is now in position for sea transport to Egmond aan Zee.
From EQUANS‘ fabrication hall in Antwerp, the topside for TenneT‘s Hollandse Kust (north) transformer platform was placed on a floating barge in the port on 12 September. Following the load out, the over 3,500 T steel structure will be secured and prepared for transport to its final workplace at sea in the coming weeks.
During the load out, the topside for ‘North’ was carefully steered past its ‘cousin’ for the German offshore wind farm Baltic Eagle on self-propelled trailers (SMTPs). The special transport then drove from the quay onto a floating barge. After this successful load out, everything will be prepared in the coming weeks for the sail away, which will take place in late September/early October.
“After a two-day sea voyage, the topside will then be installed 18.5 km off the coast of Egmond aan Zee. There, the undercarriage (jacket) has already been firmly anchored to the seabed since November last year,” says Guus Siteur, offshore platform project manager for TenneT. “With the help of the installation vessel Orion, the topside of 47 m long, 35 m wide and 25 m high will be placed on the undercarriage and then welded in place.”
According to project manager Siteur, the ‘north’ platform will be fully operational next year (2023) and operator Crosswind’s wind turbines can be connected to it.