CrossWind installs final wind turbine at Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind park
Yesterday evening the 69th wind turbine has been installed at Hollandse Kust Noord, at what will be one of the Netherlands' most innovative offshore wind parks. Innovations comprise floating offshore solar and a hydrogen plant. Wind park developer CrossWind, contractor Van Oord and wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy are hence celebrating the successful installation of the final wind turbine, a major milestone towards the completion of this renewable energy project in the North Sea.
Tjalling de Bruin, CEO and Project Director at CrossWind, a joint venture of Shell and Eneco: “I am delighted to see the installation of our final turbine. We could not have done this without our colleagues, suppliers and partners who have worked tirelessly and – perhaps most importantly - safely to achieve this major milestone. A number of the turbines are already generating clean, green electricity for the Dutch grid, accelerating the energy transition.”
Installed in record time
Van Oord started installing the foundations of the offshore wind park in October 2022. With the final wind turbine installed within a year, CrossWind’s contractor is on track to make Hollandse Kust Noord one of the fastest installed wind parks of its kind.
Roeland Ris, Project Director Van Oord: “The installation of the 69th and final wind turbine in the wind park is a magnificent achievement. Completing the safe installation of this offshore wind park in this time frame is something that everyone involved in the project can be very proud of. We are pleased to collaborate with Shell and Eneco on this prestigious project and look forward to working together again on the construction of Ecowende’s offshore wind park at Hollandse Kust (west) lot VI.”
On track for completion by the end of this year
The wind park remains on track for completion by the end of this year, with final testing and commissioning works set to continue over the next few weeks. When fully operational, CrossWind’s 69 turbines will operate in 11 MW power mode and comprise 759 MW of installed wind-powered capacity, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year. This annual green electricity production will fulfil some 2.8% of the electricity demand in the Netherlands and is equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately 1 million households.
CrossWind, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco, builds and operates the Hollandse Kust Noord (HKN) subsidy-free offshore wind park, located on the North Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is supplying the wind turbines and Van Oord is as EPCI Contractor responsible for the WTG foundations and infield cables, and for transporting and installing the wind turbines at sea. CrossWind is in close contact with TenneT, the developer of the “offshore power socket“ connecting HKN to the grid, as well as the relevant ministries, coastal authorities and other stakeholders.