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Van Oord’s Svanen Takes on Another Baltic Project

Van Oord has signed a contract with the Swedish energy company Vattenfall for the transport and installation of the foundations for Kriegers Flak windfarm. Van Oord will install the project’s 72 monopiles and transition pieces, using heavy lift installation vessel Svanen.

With a production capacity of just over 600MW, Kriegers Flak will be Denmark’s largest offshore windfarm and is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2021. The Danish Kriegers Flak offshore windfarm is constructed in the Baltic Sea across a range of 15 to 40km from the Danish coast. The monopiles will be transported floating from Rostock, Germany and the transition pieces will be transported on barges from Aalborg, Denmark to the project location.

Van Oord has been involved in building offshore windfarms since 2002. For the installation of the foundations Van Oord deploys its 8,000t heavy lift installation vessel Svanen. So far the vessel has installed almost 650 foundations throughout Europe. The Svanen has installed the vast majority of monopiles in the Baltic Sea including the Anholt, Baltic 2 and Arkona projects. The contract for the installation work at Kriegers Flak is another sign of the competitiveness of Van Oord’s heavy lift installation vessel.