Offshore windfarm Borssele III&IV now fully operational
Feb 18, 2021
Offshore windfarm Borssele III&IV, located in the North Sea off the coast of The Netherlands, is now fully operational.
Construction of the 731.5 megawatt (MW) wind farm, with a total of 77 V164-9.5 Vestas turbines, was completed on-time, with official commissioning on 6 January 2021.
“This is a great achievement of everybody involved,” says Roeland Borsboom, project director and CEO for Blauwwind. “In difficult circumstances, partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were still able to construct the windfarm at a swift pace, without noteworthy problems or incidents. The five partners, the project organisation and the subcontractors collaborated incredibly well, while I also would like to mention the smooth cooperation with both TenneT, the owner of the offshore substation Borssele Beta, and Ørsted, our neighbours <?> of the Borssele I&II project. Today we proudly celebrate the handover of the project to the Blauwwind operations team”.
The Blauwwind consortium, currently consisting of Partners Group, the global private markets firm (acting on behalf of its clients) (45%), Shell (20%), Diamond Generating Europe (15%), Van Oord (10%) and Eneco (10%), won the tender conducted by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in June 2016.
Financial completion and project sanction was achieved in June 2018, and the first monopile was installed in October 2019. The wind farm is expected to produce roughly 3,000 gigawatt hours (Gwh) per annum, which is equivalent to the annual power use of 825,000 Dutch households.
Shell Energy Europe Limited and Eneco have secured contracts to each sell 50% of the power produced. Maintenance and operations will be done from a permanently manned service operations vessel based in Oostende, Belgium.
The official handover ceremony will be held on 18 February from 11am to midday CET. Shareholders, public officials and contractors among others will reflect on the project and look ahead to offshore wind developments at the Dutch North Sea as well as the broader energy transition.
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About the partners in the Blauwwind consortium:
Partners Group is a leading global private markets investment manager. Since 1996, the firm has invested over USD 145 billion in private equity, private real estate, private debt and private infrastructure on behalf of its clients globally. Partners Group is a committed, responsible investor and aims to create broad stakeholder impact through its active ownership and development of growing businesses, attractive real estate and essential infrastructure. With over USD 109 billion in assets under management as of 31 December 2020, Partners Group serves a broad range of institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and private individuals globally. The firm employs more than 1,500 diverse professionals across 20 offices worldwide and has regional headquarters in Baar-Zug, Switzerland; Denver, USA; and Singapore. It has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 2006 (symbol: PGHN). For more information, please visit www.partnersgroup.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
Diamond Generating Europe
Eneco consists of a group of companies active internationally in the field of renewable energy and innovation. Together with our customers, partners and almost 2,800 employees, we work on our mission: sustainable energy for all. We invest in wind farms, biomass plants, heat and solar parks to increase the supply of renewable energy. And we develop innovative products and services so that our customers can control how to generate, store, use or share energy. www.eneco.com