The topside for the Hollandse Kust Zuid Beta offshore substation has been loaded onto a vessel at Drydocks World Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The topside is expected to start its journey to the Dutch North Sea shortly, TenneT, the platform’s owner and operator, said.
Mammoet was in charge of loading the topside onto a Boskalis vessel.
The High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) offshore transformer station is being delivered by Petrofac, who was also in charge of delivering the Hollandse Kust Zuid Alpha substation. Both substations were built at Drydocks World Dubai.
The jacket foundation for the Hollandse Kust Zuid Beta platform was installed at the site in June 2021.
The jacket has recently suffered damage after an out-of-control cargo ship collided with it during Storm Corrie.
The 1.5 GW Hollandse Kust Zuid 1-4 project in the Netherlands comprises four offshore wind farm sites and represents the world’s first subsidy-free, large-scale offshore wind farm. Once up and running in 2023, it will also become the largest operating offshore wind farm in the world.
Vattenfall was awarded the contract to build Hollandse Kust Zuid after winning two subsidy-free tenders in 2018 and 2019 for Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 and Hollandse Kust Zuid 3 & 4, respectively. The two projects were later combined into one to optimize the development process.
The project will comprise 140 Siemens Gamesa 11 MW wind turbines scheduled to be commissioned in 2023.