Belgian transmission system operator Elia has handed Heerema Fabrication Group a contract to build an offshore platform for a grid project.
The topside will be fabricated in HFG’s Zwijndrecht yard, with jacket fabrication taking place in HFG’s specialized jacket yard in Vlissingen.
The platform will be located approximately 40km from the coast of Zeebrugge in the Belgian part of the North Sea in water depths between 30 -35 meters.
It will connect four planned offshore wind farms to the Belgium onshore grid connection point in Zeebrugge.
The topside weight is approximately 2,100 ton and the jacket weight is approximately 1,400 ton.
Construction will start this month. The jacket will be installed in November 2018 and the topside will be installed in March 2019.
Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO of Heerema Fabrication Group, said: “We are very pleased with this award from Elia, which came after a very comprehensive and competitive tender process.
“We are looking forward to contributing to Elia’s innovative offshore grid development. For HFG this contract represents another important addition to our offshore wind portfolio.”