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BELGIUM: Kriegers Flak illustrates the international nature of the offshore wind sector. Foundations made in Belgium are towed by a Cyprus-registered vessel to Denmark, where they will be part of a wind farm using German-Spanish turbines and an interconnector with Germany.

(pic: Jan de Nul)
(pic: Jan de Nul)

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These giant structures are the gravity-based foundations for the high-voltage substation for Vattenfall’s 600MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind project in the Danish Baltic Sea.

They were shipped out of the Port of Ostend in Belgium ahead of their six-day trip to Denmark in January. The foundations — weighing up to 10,000 tonnes — were built by Jan de Nul and Smulders, and consist of a concrete base and a steel platform.

The project will form part of a 400MW interconnector between Denmark and Germany, which will see a cable link the Kriegers Flak project and EnBW’s Baltic 2 project in Germany, less than 30km apart.

The 600MW Kriegers Flak wind farm use Siemens Gamesa turbines and be built in two parts, a 200MW western section and a 400MW eastern part.

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